Trial Begins for Gwinnett Co. Man Accused of Murdering Wife

Jury selection begins Monday in Gwinnett County for a man charged with murdering his wife.

Matthew Leili is accused of killing 44-year-old Nique Leili in 2011. However, the case took years to evolve.

Leili reported his wife missing four-and-a-half years ago and filed for divorce days later. He told authorities Mrs. Leili had abandoned him and their two daughters. Shortly after, family and friends found the mother’s body in a wooded area near the couple’s home in unincorporated Lawrenceville, Georgia. She was naked and covered in a pile of leaves.

Officers began their investigation, seizing computers and surveillance equipment from the Leili home. But they didn’t make any arrests at the time.

Nique’s relatives filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Matthew Leili. And after a re-examination of seized equipment, Gwinnett County Police announced in March 2015 Leili had been charged with murder and eavesdropping.

The couple’s daughters have proclaimed their father’s innocence, including in a YouTube video and at a 2015 bond hearing. Leili was denied bond.

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