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Jury selected in Ashleigh Jacobs murder case

Ashleigh Jacobs
Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-23 11:14:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Attorneys will offer opening statements Tuesday in a trial against a Tallahassee man charged with murdering a local mother.

Jarvis McBride is on trial for the March 2012 murder of Ashleigh Jacobs, 26.

Her body was found in her car March 10, 2012. Investigators say Ashleigh was shot several times and left for dead in her car at the Leon County Trash Transfer Site on Gum Road.

McBride is facing first degree murder charge. Investigators say they were able to link the murder to McBride using forensic evidence.

According to a Probable Cause report, "during the Post Miranda interview Mr. McBride state that he saw Ms. Ashleigh Jacobs in the area of Nekoma Court on the night of her death. He said he did not know her prior to this night. He explained that he was outside his residence at 1845 Nekoma Court smoking a cigarette. Ms. Jacobs approached him after speaking to another unknown black male asking if he had any powder cocaine to sell. He told her that he did not but knew how to go get some. She agree and he stated that he drove her out to his mother's house. McBride stated that he bought a twenty dollar baggie of powder cocaine and she bought a ten dollar baggie of powder cocaine. He explained that after receiving the cocaine they drove away with Ms. Jacobs driving. They stopped by the Circle K store to buy cigarettes before Mr. McBride was dropped off at his residence. Mr. Bride stated that once he got out of the car he went inside the residence where he stayed for the rest of the night."

McBride reportedly told investigators he had nothing to do with Jacobs' murder.

Investigators contend that McBride's version of events "does not match the physical evidence that was recovered from the body and the scene", according to the Probable Cause report.

Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell says a jury was selected Monday and they expect the trial to last two days.

Campbell filed paperwork in March of 2012 seeking the death penalty in the case.