Faith Healing trial begins in Okanogan

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OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) -- Opening arguments began Wednesday in Okanogan in the murder trial of a faith healing couple whose teenage son died of a burst appendix.

Okanogan County Superior Court documents say Gregory and Garnet Swezey of Carlton belong to the Church of the First Born, which believes In faith healing. Their son Zachary died in March 2009 after falling ill for several days. The parents told investigators they thought he had the flu. They also said their 17-year-old son chose not to see a doctor.

The Swezeys did call church elders to pray for him and anoint him with olive oil.

The Wenatchee World reports (http://is.gd/PhT6iz) several potential members of the jury were dismissed Tuesday when they said they couldn't be impartial in the case.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com