HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A Harris County jury began hearing testimony in the capital murder trial of a woman accused of murdering a 12-year-old Houston boy.

Opening statements began Wednesday morning in the trial of Mona Nelson in a state district court in Houston.

Nelson is accused of murdering Jonathan Foster, who was not only murdered. After being murdered, the body of the boy was badly burned and then found stuffed in a culvert. He disappeared on Christmas Eve of 2010.

Mona Nelson (Photo Credit: Provided)

Mona Nelson (Photo Credit: Provided)

According to police, Nelson, a 44-year-old maintenance worker, kidnapped and killed Jonathan, then burned his body. Nelson however, has admitted to discarding the boy’s body, but does not admit to killing him.

Nelson who has chosen to have state District Judge Jeannine Barr decide her case instead of a jury, could receive automatic life sentence without parole if convicted.


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