2012-01-12 / Local & State

Trial Soon In Homicide Case Over Missing Pa. Woman

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) – Jury selection is scheduled this week for the trial of an eastern Pennsylvania man charged with homicide in the disappearance of his estranged wife four years ago.

Thirty-six-year-old Ernest Freeby of Lansford was charged with murder a year and a half after Edwina Onyango, a 34- year- old Kenyan immigrant, went missing in December 2007.

A Carbon County court official told the (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker (http://bit.ly/zJGMP7 ) that jury selection in the case starts Monday.

Police have alleged that the woman was placed in the coal bin in the basement of Freeby's home, where officials said “a large quantity of blood” was found that matched her DNA. Her body has not been found.

Freeby has denied killing his wife, and his attorney earlier sought dismissal of the case due to lack of evidence.

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