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Scott trial to begin today

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - The trial of Jeffrey Scott, accused in the beating death of his wife, begins Monday.

Scott is accused of murdering his wife, popular Bolton High School teacher Ashley Scott, on Thanksgiving night in 2006.    
  
As they head into court on Monday, the issue for the prosecution won't be about whether or not Jeffrey Scott killed his wife. The focus will be on premeditation.
 
"The evidence may be overwhelming that he's the one who killed Ashley Scott," said lead prosecutor Karen Cook. "The evidence as to the level of premeditation and intent - I think that's where the fight is going to be."

Court documents show Jeffrey Scott got into a fight with his wife on the night of her beating death. He didn't call 911 until 12 hours later, when a friend who's a doctor came to the house and told him to do so.
 
Cook says she plans to show a persistent pattern from Scott, and she has a long list to prove her point: some 32 witnesses who could be called to testify.

"The dynamics that go into domestic violence - and everybody who knew Ashley Scott and those who knew Jeffrey Scott - we think it's necessary to put them on so that the jury understands the complete nature of the relationship," said Cook.
 
But before testimony begins, a jury must be seated. Given the heavy media coverage of this case, finding a jury may prove tricky.

"They're going to take an oath that they're telling the truth," said Cook. "We'll have a hard time finding people who've never heard of the case or some aspect of the case. But to find people who are impartial...that may be a lot easier. All we can do is ask them." 
 
Jeffrey Scott's attorney, Leslie Ballin, was unavailable for comment Sunday. In other comments about this case, he has said "assault is one thing, intentionally killing someone is another."
 
Action News 5 will bring you complete coverage of the Jeffrey Scott trial, with live reports in every newscast. You can also follow WMCTV.com's real-time blog from inside the courtroom for a minute-by-minute account of the trial. 


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