NYC trial for assistant in ex-punk manager slaying

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NEW YORK (AP) — The assistant accused of bludgeoning punk-rock pioneer and celebrity real estate broker Linda Stein is set to go on trial.

Jury selection is expected to start as soon as Monday in the trial of Natavia Lowery, who gave a dramatic, videotaped confession after the 2007 killing.

A weeping Lowery described bludgeoning Stein to death with a piece of exercise equipment. She told police she snapped after Stein insulted and cursed at her and blew marijuana smoke in her face.

Lowery has since said her confession was false. Her lawyers lost a bid to keep Lowery’s statements from being used at her trial.

Now they want jurors to hear about the psychology surrounding false confessions, over prosecutors’ objections. A judge hasn’t yet ruled.