COVINGTON, La. -- Jury selection gets underway this morning (March 6) in the trial of a man accused of killing a Hammond woman during a botched drug deal.
Christopher Eason, 26, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Kim Bowman, 32, in October 2014.
Authorities have said Bowman was shot and killed in Tangipahoa Parish and her body was driven to New Orleans where it and her vehicle were set on fire.
Firefighters found her body in her burned car. An autopsy found she suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.
Authorities believe Bowman and Eason were involved in a drug deal when Bowman was killed. Eason was pinpointed as a suspect through a tip and was found already in jail on other charges.
"I have a sense of relief that they have a suspect in custody," Bowman's sister, Kelli, told WWL-TV at the time. "That this monster is off the street and can't hurt or harm anyone else."
"I just hope and I pray that whatever and whoever is involved, they get what is coming to them," she said.
Eason faces life in prison if convicted.