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Jury selection begins in Grover Beach murder trial

Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 01:54:56-04

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing his mother at her Grover Beach home.

Levente Laszlo Lazar, 27, is charged with murder for the death of Athena Valentiny, 64.

Valentiny was found stabbed to death in her home on South 9th Street in October of 2018.

Lazar lived in Indiana, and according to prosecutors, traveled to Grover Beach to kill his mother for financial gain.

Jury selection is scheduled to continue Tuesday morning in a San Luis Obispo courtroom.

District Attorney Dan Dow previously said that if convicted, prosecutors would ask for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.