JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The murder trial for Edward "Dale" Bagshaw began in a Clark County courtroom Wednesday and is expected to last into the next week.
The case is complicated - including a gruesome crime scene, children as witnesses, and the plans for an insanity defense.
Bagshaw is accused of brutally stabbing his estranged wife, Kelly Bagshaw, 43 times resulting in her death. Police said the stabbing took place in the parking lot of a Jeffersonville apartment complex where Dale lived in Nov. 2011. Bagshaw called 911 after the stabbing and seemed to admit to "cutting" her according to calls obtained by WHAS11.
Police said the Kelly and Dale's young children watched the scene from Dale's apartment window and family members said at least one of them is still deeply affected by watching her mother die.
Prosecutors said they will do everything they can to avoid calling the kids as witnesses to the stand.
The couple had a troubled relationship, according to many. The first witnesses called to the stand Wednesday described the crime scene.
Defense attorneys said Dale's trial shouldn't be that of murder but of voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge, and that problems in his life made him mentally unstable at the time of the stabbing, which they'll prove by showing a psychiatrist's assessment.
The attorneys also said they believe the attack was not premeditated.