Jury selection begins in Higgins murder trial

Jury selection begins in Higgins murder trial

Credit: Groat family

Victim James Groat was found shot five times in a remote area near Lake Lowell last August.

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by Karen Zatkulak and KTVB.COM

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 6:34 PM

CANYON COUNTY -- The Nampa man charged with first-degree murder in a deadly shooting last August will stand trial on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Jury selection in the case began Tuesday.

Gregory Higgins, 33, is one of three men originally charged in connection with the murder of 27-year-old James Groat of Nampa.

Investigators say Groat was first told to dig his own grave, and was then shot five times after a drug deal gone wrong. His body was found near Lake Lowell.

Police believed the trio lured Groat into the remote area, before shooting and killing him.

Higgins pleaded not-guilty to the crime in October.

Reports indicate the suspects believed Groat was a police informant, but investigators say there's no indication of that.

Christopher Duran and Cruz Flores, who were Groat's roommates at the time, are also charged in the case.

Duran is due in court later this month, while Flores' case has been sealed.

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