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Laurent trial begins in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Testimony began Monday in murder trial of a Hancock County man accused of killing his wife. Prosecutors called five witnesses to the stand to testify in the trial of Leo Laurent.

Laurent is accused of killing his wife, Brandi, in August of 2007. State Investigator Joel Wallace testified that Laurent and his wife struggled over a gun when the gun went off, striking Brandi. Wallace said Laurent then put her body in a garbage can.

The prosecution is expected to call several more witnesses to the stand Tuesday.

The trial is being held in Hattiesburg due to pretrial publicity on the coast.

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