Ex-wife's trial in art dealer's gruesome murder begins

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Ex-wife's murder trial underway

PHOENIX - It was a shocking murder when a Valley art dealer was found dismembered in the desert more than four years ago.

The murder trial of his ex-wife has finally begun.

Marjorie Orbin was a beautiful Las Vegas showgirl and choreographer who, according to prosecutors, loved the good life. Her life has certainly been a lot different during the last few years. She has been in jail awaiting trial. If she is found guilty, Orbin could face the death penalty.

At 48 years old Orbin, wearing glasses and her long blonde hair now dark, is accused killer. The victim is allegedly her ex-husband, Valley art dealer Jay Orbin, whose partial remains were found in a container in the desert in October 2004.

Prosecutor Noel Levy said during his opening statements, "She said she hated him. She wanted him dead." He also told the jury that is was money that drove Orbin to commit murder. He said, " There was a whole lot of insurance and other property and if he was dead, she would have it made for life."

The couple married in Las Vegas in 1995. They divorced shortly thereafter but continued to live together for their son, Noah. Levy told the jury, "She talked about Jay Orbinthat he was fat and that he could hardly get around. There was no sex between them."

According to prosecutors, around Sept. 8, 2004 shortly after Jay returned from a business trip, Orbin killed him, dismembered his body using an electric jigsaw, put the remains in plastic container and dumped one in the desert.

Two weeks later Orbin called police, reported Jay missing claiming he never returned from a business trip.

Investigators say they never found the rest of the victim's body that they believe Orbin put in one of those plastic containers. According to prosecutors, Orbin withdrew more than $200,000 from her ex-husband's bank account during the time they believe he was murdered.

The case is expected to last until May. The defense will begin its opening statement on Monday.