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Family Of Murdered Pregnant Woman Prepares For Capital Murder Trial

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The trial for a man accused of gunning down his pregnant wife in the parking lot of a Guntersville car wash back in 2009 is set to begin April 30, her family is speaking out before the trial begins hoping her memory never fades.

Jesse Phillips is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Erica Carmen Phillips, who was pregnant at the time of her death. The capital murder charge is only possible due to a new bill in Alabama. The Brody Bill was founded in the honor of another young pregnant woman shot to death.

Billy Droze spoke with WHNT News 19 Thursday. He recounted standing just yards away from his sister when he said he heard the shot and saw his sister fall to the ground.

“I was in shock there was nothing I could do, I could not believe what I had just saw,” Droze said.

Now the trial against his sister's accused killer is set to begin April 30 at 9:00 AM. For the family it is like reopening the wounds that  they say will never fully heal.

“We are as prepared as you can be for this trial but nothing is going to bring her back, Droze added.

The Brody Bill was created in honor of Brody Parker, the unborn child of Brandie Parker of Albertville who was eight months pregnant when she was fatally shot. The law applies throughout pregnancy and makes the state one of 24 to protect women during all nine months of pregnancy.

Stay with WHNT News 19 for the latest on the trial.