Retrial of man accused in 2011 drug-related killing to start this week

2014-05-13T11:07:00Z 2014-05-16T08:00:59Z Retrial of man accused in 2011 drug-related killing to start this weekPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Jury selection started today in the retrial of Bryan Lamar Lee, the Tucson man accused of first-degree murder in the slaying of a marijuana dealer.

Lee, 22, is accused of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping in the death of Jordan “J.P.” Peterson.

He and a friend, Reed Marrone, were accused of kidnapping and killing Peterson and leaving his corpse in the desert north of Tucson. The two men used to buy marijuana from Peterson.

Marrone pleaded guilty to the killing and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Lee's first trial ended in a mistrial in April when a witness for the prosecution said he would change his testimony from pretrial interviews he had given.

Opening statements are expected to begin on Wednesday.

Read more about the first trial here and here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or On Twitter @pm929.

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