Canadian Slain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jury selection began Monday for the murder trial of a slain Canadian air force officer's widow.

Forty-eight-year-old Monique Turenne is charged with helping her lover kill her husband with a claw hammer outside the couple's Panama City home nine years ago.

She returned to her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, shortly after Major David Turenne was killed in February 1996. Canadian courts ordered her returned to the Florida Panhandle in December.

Prosecutors say the motive was money, about $600,000 in life insurance benefits and a $2,800 monthly pension.

Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Ralph Crompton was convicted of first-degree murder in 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Monique Turenne would get the same sentence if convicted.

The state is not seeking the death penalty.

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