Donald Owen Russ, accused of shooting his wife, Linda, in the torso last August, will go on trial Wednesday. Jury selection is expected to begin that day and is expected to run for three days.
The trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in Judge Garry Reynolds' Courtroom, No. 5, at the Stafford Hansell Government Center.
Russ, 56, has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of assault in the shooting, which allegedly occurred Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, in the couple's home in Umatilla. Linda Russ was shot in the torso with a 45-caliber revolver.
Donald Russ has been lodged in the Umatilla County Jail since. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Sept. 4, 2007.
Russ had just returned from a week-long class in San Antonio, Texas, the Saturday the shooting allegedly took place. He worked for Southwest Research Institute at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, said Craig Witherow of SwRI.
Linda Russ filed a restraining order against her husband within a week of the incident and has since divorced him.
Attempted murder and first-degree assault are Measure 11 crimes, each of which carries, upon conviction, a minimum mandatory sentence of 90 months (71/2 years) in prison.