MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Jury selection may have taken three days, but day one of the Delmer Smith trial started fast.
Smith is on trial for the August 3, 2009 murder of Kathleen Briles.
Investigators say Briles' body was found in their home by her husband. She was bound and gagged, and her head had been badly wounded.
On day one in court, jurors heard the 911 call made by Dr. James Briles after he had found the body of his wife. "There's blood all over. She's tied up. It looks like someone hit her in the head with something. I don't know," Briles is heard telling the operator, between exclamations of remorse, and pleas to God.
In the opening to the jury, the prosecutor said that there is just far too much evidence that connects Smith to the death of Kathleen Briles to be ignored.
The defense would counter though that all the state has is circumstantial evidence pointing out that there is no DNA evidence to connect Delmer Smith to Kathleen's murder or even the Briles' home.
Both sides expect this trial to run the balance of the week.
Smith is looking at the death penalty if convicted.
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