2009-07-09 / Local & State

Pa. Funeral Director's Homicide Trial To Open

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a central Pennsylvania funeral director accused of beating, choking and drowning his wife a year ago.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Roseboro has been co-director of a funeral home that his family has operated in Denver for decades. Prosecutors allege that he killed 45-year-old Jan Roseboro on July 22 of last year because he wanted to be with another woman.

Angela Funk testified at a preliminary hearing that the two talked about leaving their spouses just before Jan Roseboro's death in July.

Roseboro's attorney, Allan Sodomsky, says his client is innocent. He says Roseboro tried to seek help and to revive his wife after finding her body at the bottom of the pool at their home in Reinholds.

The criminal homicide trial could last for weeks, with 228 witnesses subpoenaed to testify.

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