GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– Jury selection began on Monday in the murder trial of Paige Birgfeld, a single mother of three in Grand Junction.
Lester Ralph Jones was arrested in November 2014 for the June 2007 murder of Birgfeld.
Authorities allege he killed Birgfeld, dumped her body and torched her car. He has been charged with murder, kidnapping and arson.
Investigators say Birgfeld, twice divorced and living in Grand Junction about 200 miles west of Denver, led a double life as a paid escort with many unsavory clients.
Jones was arrested after detectives questioned — and ruled out — at least eight other men, including Birgfeld’s former husband and several other clients. Witnesses said one of those clients had an “arsenal of guns and a pile of cocaine.”
Her apparent double life attracted widespread attention to the mystery of her disappearance, including a “48 Hours” segment called “The Secret Life of Paige Birgfeld” in 2008.
Her skeletal remains were found in 2012, in a dry creek bed in neighboring Delta County county. Officials still don’t know how Birgfeld died.