Jury selection begins today, March 20, 2017, in Caddo District Court for the trial of accused killer Mark Edward Colby.

Twelve jurors are needed and two alternates usually are selected as well. The jury will not be sequestered.

Colby, 60, incarcerated in Caddo Correctional Center, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his longtime partner, 53-year-old Angela Godley. Her body was found Sept. 10, 2014 in the laundry room of the house the couple shared in the 1900 block of Bayou Drive in Shreve Island. Godley had been shot several times in the upper body. The two were partners in the Noble Savage Tavern in downtown Shreveport. Colby fled after the shooting but later was found and arrested in Mexico several days later.

Colby is defended by Curtis R. Joseph Jr., while Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorneys Britney A. Green and Ron Christopher Stamps are prosecuting.

Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely is presiding.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Colby faces a mandatory life term in prison at hard labor without parole, probation or suspension of sentence.