Originally created 09/13/06

Jury selection on hold in Corbin murder trial



ATLANTA - Jury selection was halted Tuesday and will resume Thursday in the murder trial of a suburban Atlanta dentist accused in the December 2004 death of his estranged wife.

Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Michael Clark called the recess shortly after lunch Tuesday, said District Attorney Danny Porter, citing scheduling matters.

Mr. Porter had left court earlier Tuesday to "deal with some matters regarding the case" and did not elaborate.

Barton Corbin is charged in the shooting death of his wife, Jennifer Corbin. The couple's 7-year-old son found his mother in her bedroom on Dec. 4, 2004. Jennifer Corbin's death was initially ruled a suicide, but authorities quickly reversed their decision and focused on her husband.

Her death also prompted authorities in Richmond County to reopen the case of the 1990 death of Mr. Corbin's dental-school girlfriend, Dolly Hearn, and re- examine Mr. Corbin's possible role.

Both women were found shot once in the head, a gun lying nearby, and Ms. Hearn's death also was initially ruled a suicide.

Mr. Corbin now faces murder charges in Gwinnett and Richmond counties. His attorneys have argued that both women's deaths were suicides and not similar.