FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A woman went on trial for murder Wednesday for allegedly hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his body stuck in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.

If convicted, Chante Mallard, 26, a former nurse’s aide, faces life in prison. She is also charged with evidence tampering.

Jury selection is expected to continue through Friday, with opening statements next week.

The body of Gregory Biggs was found in October 2001 in a Fort Worth park. Authorities had no leads about his death until four months later, when police received a tip that Mallard had talked at a party about hitting the man with her car.

According to a police report, Mallard told detectives she apologized repeatedly to Biggs as he was dying but was too scared to call for help.

Police initially said Biggs may have lived for several days in Mallard’s garage. The medical examiner later said Biggs probably lived only a few hours after he was hit. His left leg had been nearly amputated.

Two of Mallard’s friends pleaded guilty to helping dump Biggs’ body and have been sentenced to prison. both are expected to testify against Mallard.

AP-ES-06-18-03 2054EDT



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