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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A double murder mystery trial has started in Lexington county and could result in a man being sentenced to the death penalty.

The state hopes to convict Kenneth Lynch for killing his girlfriend, Portia Washington, and her granddaughter, Angelica Livingston, despite the fact that the bodies of the 2 women haven't been found. The two women have been missing since 2006.

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Lynch has waived his right to a jury trial, meaning the final verdict will be decided by Judge Eugene Griffith Jr.

"My heart hurts everyday about it," said Patrick Livingston, Angelica Livingston's uncle. "We're kind of excited, but know that a lot of stuff is going to come out, and is going to make us upset. But, we have to get through this."

Livingston was in court as Lynch appeared for the first time before the judge in Lexington county.

"Everybody has had a little pause in their life right now just waiting for this moment to come and hoping that we get justice," said Livingston. "We just ready for this to come to an end. June 6th will be 6 years that we've been ready for this day and now that it's here, everybody's kind of nervous and shaken."

OPENING STATEMENTS SHOULD BEGIN IN THE MORNING.
THE SOLICITOR HAS SAID HE'S CALLING A LONG LIST OF WITNESSES WHICH MEANS THE CASE COULD LAST OVER A WEEK.

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