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Scott Jones makes his first appearance in court at the Boulder County jail in June 2018 in the death of his wife, Deborah De Pinto. Jury selection in Jones’ murder trial began Monday and will continue Tuesday.
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Zak Wood
Deborah De Pinto

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct Scott Jones’ age. He is 49.

Attorneys Tuesday finished selecting a jury in a north Boulder murder trial, and will begin testimony with opening arguments Wednesday morning.

Scott Jones, 49, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 44-year-old Deborah De Pinto, who was found unresponsive in the office of the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park at 4475 N. Broadway on the night of June 18, 2018.

She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Jones is set to stand trial on the murder count and one misdemeanor count of child abuse. First-degree murder is a Class 1 felony that would carry an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

After two days of jury selection, attorneys were able to narrow the pool down to 14 jurors, two of whom will serve as alternates. Boulder District Judge Bruce Langer swore them it just after 5 p.m. Tuesday before releasing them for the day.

Testimony in the trial is set to begin at 9 a.m. with opening statements by the attorneys before witnesses will be called.

According to an affidavit, deputies found surveillance footage that showed Jones and De Pinto entering the trailer park office while arguing and gesturing angrily. The two are seen moving off camera into the laundry room, but detectives noted that audio of the argument was still recorded by the camera and that the two were arguing about their marriage.

According to the affidavit, about 20 seconds later the camera picked up a female screaming along with the sounds of a physical struggle. Detectives wrote that thumping sounds could be heard, but they eventually grew weaker until they stopped.

Several people recalled Jones telling them as recently as a week before the incident that Jones wanted to strangle De Pinto, with whom Jones had two children.

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