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Opening statements expected today in 2010 prison murder trial

William Edic.

(Courtesy photo)

William Edic. (Courtesy photo)

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the murder trial of William Edic, a 34-year-old inmate and alleged gang member who is accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner in 2010.

Edic was serving time at the Concord prison for a previous attack when he and another inmate, Thomas Milton, allegedly stomped and kicked Anthony Renzzulla nearly to death, according to court records. Edic also allegedly dragged Renzzulla away and helped clean up the scene.

Renzzulla died of the injuries 16 months later.

In May, a potentially key witness for the prosecution, Randall Chapman, was apprehended by the police in Maine after they said he robbed and kidnapped a man at knifepoint. Chapman was a Concord inmate at the time of the attack and was a member of Edic’s gang, the Brotherhood of White Warriors, according to police and prison officials.

It’s unclear whether Chapman will take the stand, given the incident in May. He is listed on the state’s list of potential witnesses.

Jurors were selected Monday, and yesterday they visited the prison where the attack occurred. The trial is expected to last four days.

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