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ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Jury selection has begun for the homicide trial of a man accused of shooting his wife and tossing her into Lake Erie and then reporting she’d accidentally fallen overboard from his commercial fishing boat.

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The Erie Times-News reports that prosecution and defense are selecting jurors from a pool of 150 people for the trial of 49-year-old Christopher Leclair.

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Erie County prosecutors say Leclair reported 51-year-old Karen Leclair missing in June 2017 but dock surveillance images showed the two leaving and him returning alone.

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Authorities say her body was found in July with an anchor attached and an autopsy concluded she had been shot in the head.

Prosecutors are seeking a first-degree murder conviction as well as aggravated assault, abuse of a corpse, evidence tampering and false reports convictions.

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