Jury Selection Begins in Aventura Developer Murder Trial

Adam Kaufman charged with second-degree murder in wife's death

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    Adam Kaufman in court Monday.

    Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an Aventura developer charged with murdering his wife in 2007.

    Adam Kaufman, 39, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 33-year-old wife, Eleonora, whose body was found in the couple's home in November 2007.

    According to police, Kaufman said he woke up and found his wife dead on the floor of their bathroom with her neck on a magazine rack.

    During a bond hearing in 2009, his attorney, Bill Matthewman, theorized that Kaufman's wife may have had an allergic reaction to tanning spray which caused her to fall on the rack.

    Court Drama in Husband's Murder Hearing

    [MI] Court Drama in Husband's Murder Hearing
    Drama surrounds the bond hearing of Adam Kaufman, the developer who is accused of murdering his wife in 2007.

    Prosecutors say Kaufman strangled his wife to death. He wasn't charged until nearly a year and a half after the death when it was ruled a homicide by the Miami-Dade medical examiner.

    On Monday Judge Bronwyn Miller and attorneys questioned numerous potential jurors about possible biases and scheduling conflicts they may bring to the case.

    A list of potential witnesses read aloud in court included 11 officers from the Aventura Police Department, 10 members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and members of the Kaufman family.

    Kaufman remains free on bond.