Jury selection begins today in Mount Clemens, Mich., in the trial of retailer Michael George, who’s charged in the 1990 killing of his first wife Barbara.
The Detroit News provides some solid background, and notes the number of national media that have been drawn to the case of “comic book murder.”
George, owner of Comics World in Windber, Pa., and co-founder of Pittsburgh Comic-Con, is accused of staging the July 13, 1990, shooting death of his first wife Barbara to look like a robbery of their Clinton Township, Mich., comic-book store. Prosecutors say he wanted to collect his wife’s $125,000 insurance policy and their shared estate, and start over with another woman.
George, 47, was arrested in August 2007 at his Windber store after Clinton Township, Mich., detectives re-examined the cold case.
He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree murder, felony firearm, insurance fraud and obtaining money from an insurance agency under false pretenses. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.