A man who prosecutors say killed his wife in 1993 because she had plans to leave him and take their young son is on trial for second-degree murder.
The trial of Michael Haim started Monday at the Duval County Courthouse, more than a quarter century after his wife, Bonnie, disappeared from their home. By the end of the day, a jury of four men and four women were seated to hear the case. Two of the jurors are alternates.
A key witness was Haim’s biological son, Aaron Fraser, testified Tuesday about digging up his mother's skull 21 years later in the backyard of his boyhood home while renovating his boyhood home for sale. Also Tuesday, a social worker who interviewed 3-year-old Aaron just after his mother was reported missing testified that he told her his daddy hurt his mommy.
Wednesday, crime-scene analysts, jail snitches and the medical examiner testified.
On Thursday, the accused took the stand as the final defense witness, saying he loved his wife and would not hurt her.
Circuit Judge Stephen Whittington is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last the rest of the week.