March 3, 2009
Posted: 09:07 AM ET
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee–The murder trial of a nurse accused of killing her second husband will hear testimony from witnesses beginning this morning. Raynella Dossett-Leath is accused of the first-degree premeditated murder of her second husband David Leath, in 2003.
Raynella Dossett-Leath in Knoxville, TN court
During opening statements Monday, special prosecutor Richard Fisher told jurors Dossett-Leath planned and executed the killing of her husband before staging it to look like a suicide. Leath was shot once in the forehead in the bedroom of the couple’s home.
The defendant’s attorney, James Bell, told jurors that Dossett-Leath would not and could not kill Leath, and that the physical evidence does not support the state’s case.
Eight women and six men were selected as jurors for this case, which is expected to last about two weeks.
Stay tuned to In Session for gavel-to-gavel coverage of this case. Correspondent Beth Karas reports live from outside the courthouse with all the latest details.
–In Session staff
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