Trial of accused Columbia twin killer begins next week

The trial of a man accused of killing his twin brother in Columbia in 2007 is scheduled to begin next week.

Wael Ali, 23, is facing one count of first-degree murder in the death of Wasel Ali. Jury selection will take place at Howard County Circuit Court in Ellicott City on Monday, March 19. The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

Wael Ali was arrested in September 2011 in Cobb County, Ga., where he was a student. He was extradited to Maryland and charged in the slaying.

Wael and Wasel Ali were 19 when the latter, a 2006 Wilde Lake High School graduate, was found dead from a neck injury, his body badly decomposed on a secluded dirt path behind the 12000 block of Green Meadow Drive, in Hickory Ridge.

There was no specific turning point in the investigation that led to Ali's arrest four years later, Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said at the time. Rather, she said, the arrest was the culmination of information and evidence gathered over time.

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