Jury selected in Leo Laurent trial

An eight female, six male jury has been seated in the murder trial of Leo Lucas Laurent Jr. in Hattiesburg.

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin shortly.

Court records show Laurent reported his wife, Brandi, missing Aug. 3, 2007. Her decomposed body was found three months later in a shallow grave a mile from their home near Kiln. A coroner ruled cause of death as strangulation or asphyxiation.Laurent

Laurent turned himself in to authorities in January 2008. His bond was set at $1 million, but was reduced to $200,000 in May of this year. Despite the reduction, Laurent remains in custody.

A grand jury indicted Laurent for murder in January 2009.

Read more about this story in Tuesday's Sun Herald.