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      Judge delays trial in prison death case

      Michael Smith

      A federal trial centering around a prison beating death has been delayed.A judge is pushing back the trial of ex-prison supervisor Michael Smith, who is accused in the beating death of inmate Rocrast Mack. Mack died in August 2010 while serving a drug sentence.The trial was set to start June 14th in Montgomery, but a judge says he wants time to review wether defense attorneys had discriminatory reasons for rejecting four black potential jurors.A defense attorney says age was the reasoning for dismissing them. The jury has four black women, with white men and women making up the rest of the panel.

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