Murder trial date set set for Albany man

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The Albany man accused of killing his girlfriend in January 2006 and then hiding her body from police is due to go on trial in July.

Thirty-four-year-old Franky Niles has been held without bail since leading police to the body of 29-year-old Tina Fontaine, which was buried in an unmarked grave.

Prosecutors say Fontaine was strangled in the bedroom of the home she shared with Fontaine. Niles first told police Fontaine was missing.

Vermont District Court Judge Edward Cashman set the trial date for July 11.

Defense attorneys have said a plea deal in the case was possible.

If convicted of 2nd degree murder, Niles could be sentenced to 20-years-to-life in prison.

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