Kootenai Co. trial underway for Christmas killing

Kootenai Co. trial underway for Christmas killing

Kootenai Co. trial underway for Christmas killing

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 1:16 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- The murder trial has begun for a northern Idaho man charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend on Christmas day.

Prosecutors charged St. Maries resident Joseph D. Herrera with second-degree murder after his girlfriend, 18-year-old Stefanie A. Comack. She died of gunshot wounds on Dec. 25, 2011.

Herrera was originally set to stand trial in Benewah County, but the case was moved to Kootenai County after attorneys were unable to find a jury. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 100 potential jurors reported they had connections to either the Herrera or Comack families.

Herrera, who has pleaded not guilty, says Comack's death was accidental.

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