Jury selection begins in trial of alleged hit-man

Damian Flores accused of trying to kill wife of Bellaire lawyer

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HOUSTON - Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Damian Flores, who's accused of being hired to kill the wife of a prominent Bellaire lawyer.

Flores is charged with attempted capital murder. Prosecutors said he was promised $40,000 to kill socialite Yvonne Stern.

Prosecutors said Flores shot Stern at an apartment complex in the 4500 block of North Braeswood Boulevard on May 5, 2010.

Michelle Gaiser admitted to hiring hit-men to kill Stern, the wife of Jeffery Stern. Gaiser and Jeffrey Stern had an affair.

Gaiser has taken a plea deal for her solicitation of capital murder charge. Part of that plea includes testifying against Jeffrey Stern, who has also been accused of solicitation of capital murder.

He is scheduled to go to trial on July 27. Jeffrey Stern has denied any involvement in the plot. Yvonne Stern is standing by him.

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