Man accused of killing girlfriend back on trial after initial conviction was thrown out

James Guilford

Jury selection is underway for the retrial of a 39-year-old upstate New York man charged with killing his girlfriend.

James Guilford is charged with killing Sharon Nugent in 2007 and disposing of her body, which has never been found.

The state Court of Appeals threw out Guilford's original conviction in June after determining his 49-hour interrogation by Syracuse police violated his rights. Guilford didn't sleep during the marathon interview and was then placed in a cell for eight hours before confessing in the presence of his lawyer.

In his confession, Guilford said he put Nugent's body in a garage container, and police believe it was burned before they found out what happened. That confession won't be used when the trial begins later this week in Onondaga County Court.