He is on trial for the October 2008 disappearance
and murder of his wife, Tina Caronna. She vanished four years ago on
Oct. 25, 2008. Her body was found two days later in an SUV Bartlett. Her
hands and mouth were duct-taped.
A Shelby County medical examiner ruled the cause of Ms. Caronna's death as asphyxiation.
At the end of a five-month-long investigation, the 48-year old husband was wanted for her murder.
Prosecutors allege Caronna cashed a $30,000 annuity check made out to his wife just days after she was found murdered.
say in March 2009 Joe Caronna fled the city. In a highly-publicized
search three weeks later, he was found at a Jackson, Tenn., motel.
Caronna's family and friends say it's finally time for the former
insurance salesman to pay up for her loss by going to prison for the
rest of his life.
Joe Caronna's attorneys say their client insists he did not kill his wife, but prosecutors point to Caronna's secret life.
Prosecutors say he killed his wife to keep her
from discovering his financial fraud against clients, gambling losses,
forgeries, and an affair.
Opening statements will take place in Memphis at 9 a.m.