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Jul 14, 2010 3:22 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Trial starting in presumed death of missing woman

A jury trial is getting under way in Greeley for a man accused in his ex-wife's disappearance and presumed death nearly 15 years ago.

Lawyers are expected to make their opening statements Wednesday.

John Sandoval is charged with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Kristina Tournai Sandoval. She was last seen Oct. 19, 1995, after telling friends and family she was going to talk to her ex-husband about money he owed her. Her body hasn't been found.

Police investigated John Sandoval at time of the disappearance, but prosecutors initially declined to file charges. Weld District Attorney Ken Buck has said the passage of time has weakened the likelihood that she left without telling anyone.

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