- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The murder trial of a former Austin-area firefighter in his girlfriend’s death has opened with prosecutors blaming her death on a “love triangle.”

Opening statements were Tuesday in Austin in former Pedernales Fire Department firefighter Joe Carr’s trial. He’s charged with murder in the 2011 death of Veronica Navarro. The 22-year-old woman’s body was found in Lake Travis. Authorities say her body was tied to a paint can similar to one found in Carr’s home.

Carr was stopped trying to cross the border into Canada three days after Navarro’s body was found. The 29-year-old defendant could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted.

Carr’s attorney John Carsey says no evidence ties Carr to the death and compared the case to “a really cruddy episode of ‘Law and Order.’”

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