State Won’t Seek Death in Rhodes Case

| November 4, 2013
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(Update 11/04/13 3:58 p.m.): The trial is in recess for the day following the selection of the jury. KMZU’s Chelsea Wade reports the jury of Ray County residents will consist of 9 women and 3 men with 2 male alternates. Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday at 9 a.m.

(Update 11/04/13 2:30 p.m.): The court will be selecting 13 jurors out of 71 Ray Co. residents.

Mark Rhodes, 46,  is charged with allegedly killing his estranged wife in 2010 and is in Ray County court Monday for the beginning of his trial.

KMZU’s Chelsea Wade is in the courtroom and providing updates. The latest report indicates the state of Missouri will not seek the death penalty. Prosecutors also say they could call nearly two dozen witnesses in the case against the Carrollton man. At last report jury selection was still underway.

Rhodes is charged with one count of first degree murder and armed criminal action.

The trial is scheduled through Friday of this week and KMZU will bring you updates throughout.

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