PASCO, Wash. -- A jury will be seated today to determine if Todd D. Stuart had a role in the March 2011 death of his mother-in-law.
The jury pool has been whittled down to 48 after two days of individual questioning.
The court excused the final 13 people Tuesday afternoon without talking to them because enough prospective jurors remain to pick the panel.
Stuart, 49, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
He is accused of plotting with his wife to kill Judy Hebert to collect her inheritance.
Then, when a bin of books fell on Hebert's head but only injured her, Stuart left town weeks later while his wife stayed behind at Hebert's Pasco home. Prosecutors claim the plan was for Stuart to be in California while his wife, Tashia Stuart, killed her mother so she could claim self-defense.
Hebert, 58, died after being shot at her home.
Todd Stuart's lawyer has told the court his client denies any involvement in Hebert's death.
After today, the trial will be in recess until Tuesday, when the attorneys give their opening statements and present testimony.