MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The jury is picked and trial is set to begin for a Cordova man accused of killing his wife.
Joseph Caronna is charged with First Degree Murder in the 2008 asphyxiation death of his wife Tina.
It was standing room only inside the courtroom at the Criminal Justice Center as prosecutors and defense attorneys went through the arduous task of picking a jury for Caronna's murder trial.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich says Caronna's murder trial is different than most because his case has been well-publicized. "We have to be careful when cases have received media attention to make sure we have jurors who can listen to the facts, listen to the evidence," she said.
According to prosecutors, Caronna murdered his wife, 44-year-old Tina Caronna, by asphyxiation. Her body was found in October of 2008, inside a family vehicle that was left at the end of a road in Bartlett.
More than 100 prospective jurors were interviewed. Weirich says a big jury pool like the one for Caronna's case is sometimes needed.
"It depends on the type of case, the charge, and the media attention."
Now that a jury's been seated, opening statements are set to begin Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.