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Thomas Petersen trial starts this week


The jury selection in an eastern Iowa murder trial begins this week.

Thomas Petersen of Greene faces a first degree murder charge in Iowa, accused of killing his wife Renee in June 2011. After authorities found her body, neither Thomas Petersen, or their two-year-old son Jacob could be found.

An amber alert was issued and law enforcement officials located Petersen's truck the next morning in South Dakota. After a brief struggle, Petersen was taken into custody.

The two year old boy was unharmed.

Court officials will draw potential jurors from a pool of about 90 at the Butler Court district court in Allison.

Thomas Petersen also faces two counts of attempted murder in South Dakota because two sheriff's deputies were injured trying to take him into custody.

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