Trial begins this week for man accused of ex-fiance's murder
EUGENE, Ore. - The trial of a man accused of killing his estranged fiance with a baseball bat before trying to take his own life starts this week.
Robert Cromwell faces life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted of killing 26-year-old Casey Lynn Wright last November.
She had broken off an engagement with the then 32-year-old Cromwell two weeks earlier. Family told police they didn't know why she was at Wright's house the night she died.
Police found Wright's body after responding to a local hospital, where Cromwell was being treated after slashing his wrists in a suicide attempt, police said at the time of his arrest.
According to a sworn affidavit filed by police, Cromwell told them he hit Wright in the head 4 times with an alumnium bat as she slept after after finding what he believed were messages to other men on her phone.
Jury selection begins Tuesday.