Murder trial for NC funeral director starts

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Jury selection is starting in the trial of a funeral director who is accused of plotting to have his wife killed while he was away on a diving trip.

WRAL-TV reported Monday that jurors are being picked in Pitt County, where the trial for 37-year-old Mark Bowling was moved after a judge said finding an unbiased jury would be difficult in Nash County.

Mark Bowling is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the December 2006 slaying of 46-year-old Julie Bowling.

Rose Vincent pleaded guilty in February to firing the gun that killed Julie Bowling. The 28-year-old woman who says she was Mark Bowling's mistress was sentenced to a minimum of 29 years in prison.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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