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Repp trial scheduled to begin Tuesday

He is accused of killing his wife on May 4, 2002

Gary Marvin Repp Jr., an Oregon State Police trooper accused of murdering his wife, is scheduled to stand trial this week.

Repp, 34, faces one count of murder in the death of his wife, 29-year-old Kerry Michele Repp of Central Point. Kerry Repp was three months pregnant at the time of her murder, family members said. Set to start with jury selection at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, the trial is expected to run through Oct. 3.

Repp was arrested more than a week after his wife was found dead in their Hazel Street home the afternoon of May 4, 2002. Gary Repp and Kerry's two children were at a T-ball game when Kerry's body was discovered, police said.

A new OSP recruit, Repp was arrested at the state police office in Central Point. He was dismissed from his post. Also a captain in the Oregon Army National Guard, Repp was to leave that week for a peacekeeping mission in Egypt. Repp is a former Jackson County probation officer.

— Kerry Repp had filed for divorce about a month before her death. However, the papers were not served, and the couple was living together, reportedly trying to reconcile. The Repps had been married since 1999 and had one 5-year-old son together. Kerry's older son was born during a previous marriage.

Police said Kerry Repp had been shot more than once with a handgun found at the scene, initially leading investigators to believe the death was a suicide. However, a 911 call made from the Repp house hours before Kerry's body was found went unanswered.

Although Medford police have refused to discuss what the dispatcher heard on the line, an officer was not sent to check on the residence, according to the police department. The dispatcher was reprimanded but retained her job. The Medford Police Department answers Central Point emergency calls and dispatches officers in that city.

District Attorney Mark Huddleston refused to air the recorded call, which was seized as evidence.

Huddleston will try the case before Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia. Medford attorney Carl Caplan represents Gary Repp, who has remained in the Jackson County Jail without bail since his arrest.

If convicted, Repp faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The death penalty is reserved for Oregon's most serious crime ' aggravated murder ' which includes the killing of children, police officers and more than one person in the same crime. Oregon law does not treat the killing of a pregnant woman as a double murder.

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 776-4487, or e-mail .