Okie Trial to Begin 

Opening arguments are expected to begin now that a jury’s been selected for the double-murder trial of John A. Okie, the 22-year-old Newcastle man charged in last year’s slayings of his ex-girlfriend and his father.

Jury selection was completed Friday and Superior Court Justice Joseph Jabar ordered the jurors to return to the Kennebec County

Courthouse on Monday morning for the start of the trial. The judge says the trial could last two weeks.

Okie’s pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to the killings, which took place six days apart in July 2007.

Authorities say Okie bludgeoned 19-year-old Alexandra Mills to death in her family’s home in Wayne before fatally stabbing his 59-year-old father, John S. Okie, in Newcastle.

Okie has been held without bail since the day he was arrested, hours after his father’s body was found.