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High-profile Autauga County murder trial to begin against Vegas Contorno

Vegas Contorno leaves the Autauga County Courthouse Monday afternoon. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Vegas Contorno leaves the Autauga County Courthouse Monday afternoon. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
AUTAUGA CO., AL (WSFA) -

A high-profile murder case is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Autauga County. Jurors will be charged in determining whether Vegas Contorno fatally stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense or if it was premeditated murder.

Police report Remington Foradori was fatally stabbed with the kitchen knife once in the chest at the home he shared with Contorno and their infant son.

The defense will argue Contorno was in an abusive relationship with Foradori at the time of the stabbing. Contorno was denied immunity after petitioning the court under Alabama’s Stand Your Ground statute.

The state will work to show Contorno acted with criminal intent at the time of the fatal stabbing.

Judge Sibley Reynolds presided over a hearing Monday where the state requested to use information in the trial that isn’t directly linked to the evidence in the case. Reynolds is expected to issue a written order on whether the information will be admissible before Tuesday. 

A panel of 12 jurors, struck just before 4 p.m. Monday after a lengthy deliberation, will determine Contorno’s fate. The panel of prospective jurors was small, resulting in no alternates for this case.

Opening statements begin Tuesday morning.

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