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Jury seated for 'American Sniper' suit

Jul. 8, 2014 - 12:54PM   |  
Jesse Ventura
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, left, talks to the media in Minneapolis in this Oct. 7, 2011 file photo. Ventura sued Chris Kyle, the author of the best-selling book 'American Sniper,' for defamation in 2012 after Kyle claimed in his book that he punched Ventura at a California bar. Ventura says the incident never happened, and he's suing for damages. (Genevieve Ross / AP)
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ST. PAUL, MINN. — A jury has been seated in the case of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the widow of slain "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle.

The jury was chosen Tuesday morning, and opening statements were scheduled after a lunch break.

Ventura says Kyle, regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, defamed him in his best-selling book. In it, Kyle describes a 2006 bar fight in which Kyle says he punched a man, later identified as Ventura.

The former Navy SEAL and pro wrestler says the fight never happened.

Kyle and a friend were killed in February 2013 at a Texas gun range. Kyle's widow, Taya Kyle, is now the defendant in Ventura's case.

Ventura and Taya Kyle are both expected to testify during the trial.

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