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Testimony underway in second trial of Chad Chritton

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Testimony begins Tuesday in the second trial of Chad Chritton, the Madison man accused of starving his teenage daughter and confining her to his basement. 

A jury was picked Monday in Dane County Circuit Court. 

Media reports said the 42-year-old Chritton rejected a plea deal last month that could have sent him to prison for over a decade. He was convicted in March on two counts of child neglect, but jurors could not reach unanimous verdicts on five other charges that are being tried now. They include false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, and mentally harming a child. 

Authorities said Chritton's daughter was starved and locked in the home's basement until she broke away in February of 2012. She was 15 then, and her weight was down to 68 pounds. 

He claimed during his first trial that the girl had mental health issues. 

His new trial is expected to run through the end of next week. Chritton's wife is serving a five-year prison term after she struck a plea deal earlier this year.

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