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Jury picked, trial begins in Washington County

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WASHINGTON (KWWL)-- The second degree murder trial for a Washington man accused of killing his wife after will start Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m.

The Clerk of Court in Washington County says jury selection wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday and the trial will begin Wednesday.

James Blum is accused of smothering his 67-year-old wife, Patricia, after she allegedly backed the car into the garage. She was found unresponsive in the couple's home on January 11. He pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment in March.  When questioned by police, they say James admitted that he meant to kill her.

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