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Jury selected in Lara-Martinez murder trial

A jury of nine women and four men will listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ricardo Alfonso Lara-Martinez, who is accused of murdering his young son's mother at a business office in Denton. 

Assistant District Attorneys Michael Graves and Lindsey Sheguit will be leading the prosecution. Testimony begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Judge Bruce McFarling's 362nd Judicial District Court.

FBI agents returned Lara-Martinez to Denton in June after he had been in custody in Mexico since February 2016. He's charged in the murder of his son's mother, Maria Isabel Romero Medina, who was found dead Dec. 13, 2014, at Sanchez Insurance and Tax Services, 1111 E. McKinney St.

Police said Medina died from a deliberate assault.  But Lara-Martinez's lawyer, Denton attorney Derek Adame, maintains the woman's death was an accident.

"His position is this was accidental, and we're hoping that's what the evidence will show," Adame told the Denton Record-Chronicle last week. "We don't believe he was guilty, and we don't believe the state will be able to prove that."