Trial starts for man accused of killing wife in front of son

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The trial has started for a man from Lawrence Township who prosecutors say fatally stabbed his estranged wife dozens of times in front of their 12-year-old son.

Opening statements were scheduled Thursday in the trial of Jeremiah Monell.

Monell is charged with killing , 35, in her home in Commercial Township back in December of 2016.

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According to prosecutors, Monell stabbed O'Shea-Watson dozens of times after beating her and throwing her on the floor.

The couple's 12-year-old son witnessed the attack.

Monell ran, but was captured two weeks later in a wooded area of Atlantic County.

He rejected a plea deal in October that would have allowed a judge to determine a sentence of between 30 years and life.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Monell could face a life term without parole if he's convicted.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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