Opening statements expected in dancer's murder trial

LAS VEGAS -- Opening statements are expected Wednesday in the murder trial of a former Cirque du Soleil performer accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, who was dancer in the Luxor hotel-casino's "Fantasy" revue.

The prosecutors and defense attorneys have spent the past two days picking a jury for the trial of Jason "Blu" Griffith. The prosecutors, defense and judge asked prospective jurors if they heard news accounts of the murder case.

Griffith's lawyers say he was defending himself during an argument with 31-year-old Debora Flores Narvaez when she died in December 2010. Flores was reported missing when she did not show up for her performance at the resort.

Griffith was arrested almost a month later, after Flores' body parts were found in two concrete-filled containers in an empty Las Vegas home.

Celeste Narvaez is Flores' sister. She has been front and center throughout her sister's murder case. She confronted Griffith three years ago when he was arrested. She is back for the trial.

"When you face evil, you want to get rid of evil, and that's what I'm going to be dealing with, facing evil," Narvaez said.

Narvaez said she needs to be in the courtroom to hear every grisly detail and promised her sister she would get her justice.

"I want to know everything about it, no matter if it haunts me, no matter if it bothers me, if i can't sleep, I'd rather know it than question it in my mind," Narvaez said.

Celeste says she is ready to take the stand and testify for her sister.

On Tuesday, the judge signed an order of immunity for Luis Columbo, the man prosecutors say helped Griffith dispose of the body. Columbo received immunity in exchange for testimony against Griffith who was his roommate at the time of the murder.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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