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Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 4:36 pm | Updated: 3:54 pm, Mon Aug 29, 2011.

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury selection began Wednesday for an Arizona man accused in the 2006 killings of an extended family of five in Mesa.

If convicted of any one of the five first-degree murder charges against him, 34-year-old William Craig Miller of Scottsdale could face the death penalty.

Jury selection is expected to last until Aug. 15, and Miller's trial should take about 10 weeks.

Miller is accused of fatally shooting 30-year-old Steven Duffy and Duffy's girlfriend, Tammy Lovell, in their east Mesa home on Feb. 21, 2006. Both were former employees of Miller's who were informants against him in a 2005 arson case.

Miller also is charged with killing Duffy's brother, 18-year-old Shane Duffy, and Lovell's children — 15-year-old Cassandra and 10-year-old Jacob.

Miller already is serving a 16-year prison term after being convicted in March of burning down his Scottsdale home to collect insurance money.

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