Robert Pastuer is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Narskelsky Angelean Pastuer, 52, of Zebulon.
Her body was found in the trunk of her car off U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton on Dec. 7, 2006. Her daughter had reported her missing a month earlier.
Before her disappearance, Narskelsky Pastuer had taken out a domestic-violence protection order against her ex-husband, authorities said.
Defense attorneys unsuccessfully tried to move the trial out of Franklin County because of extensive pretrial publicity.
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