JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Prosecutors are laying out a simple timeline to establish Tracey Lynn Garner's guilt on depraved heart murder charges stemming from unlicensed buttocks injections that prosecutors say killed a woman, while defense lawyers seek to raise doubts about Karima Gordon's 2012 death.
Lawyers made opening statements Tuesday in Garner's trial in Hinds County Circuit Court.
Garner is also charged in the 2010 death of Marilyn Hale of Selma, Alabama, but faces separate trial on those charges.
Attorneys struggled to seat 12 jurors because of pretrial publicity. The state sought a delay after no alternate jurors were seated, increasing mistrial chances, but Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ordered the trial to proceed.
Natasha Stewart was sentenced to seven years in prison after she was convicted of manslaughter for referring Gordon to Garner.
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