Jury trial begins for woman accused of killing and dismembering husband


SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield woman accused of killing and dismembering her husband, then dumping his body in rural Mechanicsburg appeared in court today for the start of her jury trial.

If convicted Juatasha Denton-McCaster could face more than 60 years in prison.

Denton-McCaster was formally charged Wednesday November 28,2012 with seven counts involving the death of her husband, Norman McCaster, 22. Charges include three counts of first degree murder and dismembering a human body. She plead not guilty to the charges in December of 2012.

The couple was married less than two years. Denton-McCaster was a student at UIS and Norman McCaster was a member of the National Guard. Police said neither have a previous criminal record.

Norman McCasters dismembered body was found dumped in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29th, 2012.

His identity was a mystery for several weeks, and he was never reported missing. When police questioned Juatasha, she told them her husband had taken all his items and left town.

Denton-McCaster's is being held in Sangamon County Jail on $5 million bond.

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