It all began with a child custody dispute..

Trial begins in Beaufort for woman accused in child-custody dispute murder

Jury selection for a woman accused of murder and conspiracy in connection with the shooting death of a Beaufort man began on Monday in Beaufort County Court.

Jasmine Femia was charged with murder after Nicholas Degros, 30, was shot twice in the back of the head and then once execution-style up his nose on Jan. 9, 2015 in what law enforcement said was the result of a child-custody dispute.

Anthony Clyde Ellison was also charged in connection with Degros’ death.

Degros was the father of Femia’s 2-year-old son. He was killed at the corner of Washington and Wilmington streets around 8 p.m.

Femia and Ellison were taken into custody after the S.C. Law Enforcement Division linked a rental car seen leaving the scene to Femia.

When the pair were arrested, Ellison implicated himself in an attempt to save Femia from being charged in the case, 14th Circuit Assistant Solicitor Hunter Swanson said on Jan. 29, 2015. When that failed, Ellison retracted his confession and attempted to “spin a tale” about a Hispanic mob hit.

The trial will resume Tuesday around 9 a.m. with Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles presiding, according to Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton.

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