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Rafferty trial to hear legal arguments Tuesday

The trial of a man accused of killing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford will hear legal arguments Tuesday.

The jury will not be sitting for the hearing in the trial of Michael Rafferty, so what is argued cannot be reported until they begin to deliberate.

Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping.

His ex-girlfriend Terri-Lynne McClintic, who has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, has testified she abducted Tori on April 8, 2009, at Rafferty’s urging.

McClintic testified that Rafferty sexually assaulted the girl then killed her, though until close to Rafferty’s trial McClintic told police that he had killed Tori.

The trial is expected to resume Wednesday in the presence of the jury.