Trial to start in Vegas Strip dancer slaying case

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Updated: 5/05 8:58 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jury selection is due to begin Monday for the murder trial of a former Cirque du Soleil (sihrk doo soh-LAY') performer accused of strangling and dismembering his ex-girlfriend — a dancer at another Las Vegas Strip resort.

It's been almost 3½ years since Jason Omar Griffith was arrested in January 2011.

Police reported finding body parts of 31-year-old Deborah Flores Narvaez in concrete-filled containers in an empty Las Vegas home.

She had failed to show up Dec. 13, 2010, to perform in the burlesque show "Fantasy" at the Luxor hotel-casino.

Griffith is now 35. He has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyers and his mother maintain that Griffith had a volatile relationship with Flores Narvaez.

They say she had a history of aggression against Griffith and other former boyfriends.

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