An Arthur man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife more than two years ago.

On Oct. 6, 2010, the body of 33-year-old paramedic Adrienne Roberts was discovered in the Arthur home she shared with her husband, 52-year-old Terry Tremble.

Soon after, Tremble was charged with first-degree murder.

Tremble pleaded not guilty in court Monday, setting the stage for jury selection and a trial expected to last for about one month.

“The trial is scheduled for about three to four weeks, and between 40 (and) 50 witnesses may be called during the trial,” said Crown attorney Murray de Vos.

De Vos and defence lawyer Brennan Smart were able to agree on a pool of jurors in under two hours.

A typical jury is composed of 12 people, but in this case the judge sought to select 14 jurors and two alternates due to the length of the trial.

“Each will sit through the entire trial,” said Smart.

“At the end of the trial, there will be a draw in which two are excused, if all 14 make it through.”

The trial will resume next Monday.