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Opening Statements Begin In The Trial Of A Man Accused Of Gunning Down His Wife

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 YAKIMA, WA.- The murder trial for a man accused of gunning down his wife outside a movie theatre in Union Gap is now underway.

Jury selection was finalized today and attorneys delivered their opening statements.  

What began as a simple night at the movies for John Munzanreder and his wife Cynthia ended in death.

Union Gap police later discovered that what appeared to be a random incident wasn't random at all, they believe it was a premeditated act of murder.  

Munzanreder is currently on trial for the first degree murder of his wife Cynthia, she was shot twice, once in the head and once in the lower back, outside the majestic movie theatre in Union Gap.

Attorneys for both sides addressed the jury today with their opening statements.

The prosecution explained the science behind their case and how they believe the autopsy report will prove his guilt.  

“He was able to determine the microscopic evidence of gun shot residue in the tissue around her brain. A large part of her head was removed by the force of the blast,” State Prosecutor, Patti Powers, explained.

The prosecution explained that Munzanreder hired a coworker from their place of work at Valley Ford in Yakima to help him kill his wife.  

That coworker Juan Ibanez is now speaking on behalf of the prosecution against Munzanreder.  

According to the prosecution Munzanreder was having an affair with another woman. He pleaded not guilty to the charges of first degree murder.

“Powers provided you with a very powerful statement of what she expects to prove, to change your minds from not guilty to guilty,” Defense Attorney, Chad Dold, said to the jury during his opening statements.

Dold will argue that Munzanreder did not commit this murder and the state's forensic evidence won't prove his clients guilt.

The court was scheduled to hear from several witnesses later in the day, including Cynthia Munzanreder's son.   

This murder trial will continue next week and we will continue to keep you updated until a verdict is reached.