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The trial of Tyler White of Bluffton on a charge of murdering his estranged wife, Amy, a former Berne resident, has begun with jury selection in Wells Circuit Court at Bluffton and may last two weeks, according to reportrs.
White, 29, allegedly shot his wife on October 27, 2009 in Wells County, while she was pregnant. Police say he has confessed to the shooting, which occurred during an argument as the two met to exchange custody of their son, 16 months old at the time.
Tyler White claimed his wife pointed a gun at him before he shot her.
A special judge, Brian Hutchinson, the Jay Circuit Court judge, is presiding, since Wells Circuit Court Judge Kenton Kiracofe was a Wells County deputy prosecutor when the murder charge was filed against White, causing Kiracofe to withdraw from hearing the case.
White is represented by Indianapolis attorney James Voyle.
Wells County Prosecutor Mike Lautzenheiser is handling the state's case. He tried to charge White with feticide, but the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled a person can't be charged with both murder and feticide because of double jeopardy violations.
A University of Saint Francis graduate, Amy Meyer White was an assistant cross country coach at South Adams High School and had been an assistant basketball coach at her alma mater, where she had also played. She graduated from South Adams in 1999 and remains the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball.
Her father is a Berne resident.