Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the first-degree murder trial of Pablo Solano Jimenez, who is accused of the 2010 bludgeoning death of Tracy Heshmaty.
Prosecutors allege Jimenez, 29, hit 37-year-old Heshmaty in the head with a rock while they were arguing in the early morning hours of May 31, 2010, in the parking lot behind First State Bank on Simonton Street.
Both were seen earlier on video surveillance cameras at a Truman Avenue pharmacy, buying beer and leaving the store together, according to an arrest affidavit.
Using a witness description of Jimenez and the video footage, detectives found Jimenez at a convenience store at the corner of Angela and Duval streets, reports say.
Jimenez allegedly told police he and Heshmaty went to his trailer on Simonton Street to have sex, after which she left.
Detectives searched the trailer and allegedly found spattered blood on a bicycle and clothes in a nearby trash can that appeared to match what Jimenez was wearing in the pharmacy video footage, reports say.
Earlier this month, circuit Judge Mark Jones ruled that some of the statements Jimenez made to police cannot be used at trial.
Assistant Public Defender Trish Docherty declined to discuss the case prior to jury selection, as did Assistant State Attorney Mark Wilson.
Jimenez faces life in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors are not pursuing the death penalty.