A jury has been seated and opening statements are set to begin tomorrow morning in the murder trial of James E. White.

White is accused of shooting his pregnant wife, Candice White, in the face during a fight at their Ozark home in November of 2006.

White told a 9-1-1 operator that he was getting a gun out of his vehicle when it dislodged and hit his wife. Detective David Southard says White changed his story and said that Candice White grabbed the gun during the fight and was shot.

The couple's 4 year-old son was in the truck when authorities arrived at the crime scene and told investigators that his parents were fighting because he and his mother were going to leave.

At the time of Candice White's death, James White was on parole for cocaine trafficking in Kentucky. Since his wife's death, White has been convicted on federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Christian County Prosecutor Ron Cleek wanted to seek a second murder charge for the baby that Candice White was carrying, but the coroner could not prove that the 16 week old fetus would have survived outside of the womb.

If convicted of second-degree murder, White could face an additional 10 to 30 years in prison in addition to his federal sentence.

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