Ohio Doctor Standing Trial in Wife's Cyanide Death

By: Thomas J. Sheeran AP Email
By: Thomas J. Sheeran AP Email

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jury selection has begun for an Ohio doctor charged in the 2005 cyanide poisoning of his wife.

The judge in the Cleveland trial of 41-year-old Yazeed Essa (EE'-sah) warned prospective jurors on Tuesday that the case could last up to seven weeks.

Essa has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder.

Prosecutors say Essa gave his 38-year-old wife, a former nurse, a capsule containing cyanide that she thought it was a calcium pill. After taking the capsule, the sport utility vehicle she was driving crashed and she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Essa left the country after his wife's death and was arrested in 2006 in Cyprus. He gave up a long extradition fight and was returned to Ohio last year.

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