05/07/2012 01:00 EDT | Updated 07/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Ex-Quebec judge's murder trial begins with jury selection

QUEBEC - A former Quebec judge's murder trial begins today with the selection of a jury that will hear the case.

Jacques Delisle, a retired magistrate who sat on the Quebec Court of Appeal, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Nicole Rainville.

The 71-year-old woman was found dead in the couple's home in Quebec City's Sillery district in November 2009.

It was originally deemed a suicide, but a police investigation led detectives to a different conclusion. Delisle was arrested and charged in June 2010.

The case is believed to be the first time in Canadian legal history that a judge faces such a serious charge.

Delisle has pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to last up to four weeks.