HOULTON — Jury selection is getting under way for a 21-year-old Maine man charged with murdering two men and a 10-year-old boy two years ago in the northern Maine town of Amity.

Thayne Ormsby has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing deaths of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, Ryan’s 10-year-old son Jesse, and 30-year-old Jason Dehahn, a family friend.

Prosecutors say Ormsby was sane at the time he fatally stabbed the three at Ryan’s home on June 22, 2010. When he was arrested the following week, Ormsby told police he went after Ryan because he thought he was a drug dealer.

Jury selection begins today in Aroostook County Superior court in Houlton. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

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