Trial begins for man accused of hiring hit-man to kill pregnant wife

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Euri Jenkins is accused of killing his wife Makeva in June 2017.

A man went on trial Tuesday, charged with hiring a hit on his own pregnant wife as she slept in their home west of Lantana.

Euri Jenkins, 33, is facing a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm in the killing of Makeva Jenkins at their home near Lake Worth in June 2017.

MaKeva's murder devastated and divided a family, and both sides of the household gathered in court as jury selection got underway in the case against Euri Jenkins.

In an exclusive interview after the murder, Euri Jenkins told CBS12 News reporter Thomas Forester that a masked gunman shot his wife in the head. "I held her in my arms, she was alive," said an emotional Jenkins. "I will never forget."

However, investigators arrested Jenkins months after the interview.

Court records showed Jenkins offered a friend, Joevan Joseph, $1500 to kill his wife.

Joseph pleaded guilty last year to second degree murder and agreed to testify against Jenkins.

Last week, attorneys for Jenkins filed motions to exclude certain evidence from the trial. The evidence includes any mention that Makeva Jenkins was pregnant when she was killed, and video of Jenkins going to a strip club after her murder.

The state is not seeking the death penalty against Jenkins, court records show.