Murder trial to start for former UAH professor

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Jury selection began Monday in the murder
trial of a physics professor accused of killing his wife and
dumping her body in the Tennessee River three years ago.

Andrew Pakhomov, who works at the University of Alabama in
Huntsville, could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of
killing Yelena Zakin.

Fishermen found Zakin's nude body at boat docks in Decatur on
June 1, 2006. A bag of rocks had been tied around her neck.

Pakhomov, who is free on $500,000 bond, pleaded not guilty when
police arrested him after a five-week investigation. He has since

Opening arguments will begin after attorneys select a jury.

Pakhomov is a research professor at UAH, and his late wife worked there as a contract administrator. He remains employed but is researching at home until his case is settled, according to the

Police believe Zakin was killed two days after she walked in on
Pakhomov with a young female research assistant in his UAH office.

She was arrested for domestic assault after the incident for
allegedly assaulting Pakhomov and the woman.

Police reports indicate the couple had a long history of domestic violence.

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