Trial Date Of Clovis Woman Accused In Acid-Barrel Death

Jury selection for the first-degree murder trial of a Clovis biochemist accused of killing her husband by stuffing his body in a vat of acid will begin later this month in a Los Angeles County courtroom.

Larissa Schuster and her former lab assistant James Fagone were arrested in 2003 after authorities found the body of Timothy Schuster decomposing in a barrel.

Prosecutors say the two first immobilized Timothy Schuster with a stun gun and a chloroform-soaked rag.

Prosecutors say the pair bound his hands and feet, before dumping him head first -- and still breathing -- into a 55-gallon barrel and poured bottles of hydrochloric acid on the body.

In December, a Fresno County jury found Fagone guilty of murder.

In August, a Fresno County Superior Court Judge ruled Larissa Schuster's trial on charges of kidnapping, torturing and killing her husband would be held in Los Angeles County because an impartial jury could not be found locally.


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