Trial Begins for Man Accused of Strangling, Burying Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend | Crime

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Trial Begins for Man Accused of Strangling, Burying Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend
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Trial Begins for Man Accused of Strangling, Burying Wheelchair-Bound Girlfriend

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The murder trial for a man accused of strangling a disabled woman is now underway.

A jury was selected and sworn in Monday, and Kenneth McBride's trial started Tuesday.

The Clay County Circuit Clerk's Website shows that both sides made opening statement. The state then called nine witnesses and entered 76 items into evidence.

The defense followed, and presented two items as evidence.  Court begins again Wednesday morning.

Deputies arrested McBride in April 2009, after they discovered the body of wheelchair-bound Roberta Laws, 46, in a shallow grave behind the home she shared with McBride in Middleburg.  Laws had cerebral palsy.

This isn't McBride's first arrest.  He's already a registered sex offender after being convicted of committing sexual battery against a child in 1996, according to the National Sex Offender Registry Website.

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