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Jury Selection Begins in Case of Accused Hostage Taker 

Catherine Pegram

Jury selection will pick up again tomorrow in Belfast for a man accused of holding an elementary school classroom hostage on Halloween, two years ago.The process to seat a jury in the trial of 57-year-old Randall Hofland began today.Police say Hofland pulled a gun on an officer during a routine traffic stop in October of 2008That incident triggered a week long manhunt before Hofland went into Stockton Springs Elementary School on Halloween.Authorities say he held a number of students hostage before he surrendered.He’s pleaded not guilty to 41 felony counts. Hofland’s charges include kidnapping, criminal restraint, and threatening with a dangerous weapon.Hofland is representing himself in the case. If a jury’s seated tomorrow, opening statements could also begin.