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The trial for Fred Prosser, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, begins Tuesday. (CBC)

The first-degree murder trial of a Moncton-area man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend started on Tuesday in Moncton with the jury selection.

Fred Prosser, 33, of Shenstone, is charged in the death of Sabrina Patterson, the mother of his two children.

Patterson, 25, of Riverview, went missing on Oct. 29, 2010. Her body was found in a wooded area near Shenstone on Nov. 6, 2010.

Five weeks have been set aside for the trial.

Roughly 300 people showed up to the Moncton Coliseum's agrena complex on Tuesday morning for the jury selection process.

Prosser, who was sitting beside his lawyers, looked pale but relaxed, sporting a grey sweatshirt and jeans.

He nodded to each of the potential jurors as they stepped forward for selection.

Crown prosecutor Annie St. Jacques looked to the front row of seats, where Patterson's brother was sitting, as each juror presented for selection.

The jury selection finished by mid-afternoon. The jury includes seven men and five women. As well, there are two female alternates.

The trial resumed later on Tuesday afternoon at the Moncton courthouse.

The Crown says it will call 60 witnesses during the trial.

Prosser also faces charges of sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm and anal sexual assault, along with two counts of breaching a court undertaking.

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Sabrina Patterson's body was found in a wooded area in Shenstone, N.B., in November 2011.

He was charged with Patterson's murder in January 2011, but he's been in custody on other charges since shortly after her body was found.

Patterson and Prosser had an on-again, off-again relationship over seven years.

RCMP had initially reported that Prosser was also missing.

But he was found a few days later at his parents' home in Shenstone when officers went to the house to update Prosser's family members on the progress of the search for Patterson.