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Trial begins in Iowa for mother accused of killing man as part of plot to frame ex-husband
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) ' Attorneys have begun whittling down the pool of potential jurors in the trial of a woman accused of murdering a man as part of a plot to frame her first husband.
Prosecutors and attorneys for Tracy Richter picked 32 of the 100 possible jurors to begin questioning Tuesday at the outset of her trial.
Richter says she fatally shot 20-year-old Dustin Wehde in 2001 after he and another man broke into her former Iowa home and assaulted her.
Prosecutors contend that Richter killed Wehde and planted a notebook in his car meant to implicate her first husband in a murder-for-hire plot.
She has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and would face a mandatory life prison term if convicted.