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The trial of a former Mountie accused of killing his common-law wife has heard the woman was shot in the face with a nine-millimetre handgun at the couple's home in Penticton, B.C.

Keith Weins is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Kalmring in the early hours of Aug. 16, 2011.

A Crown lawyer has told a B.C. Supreme Court jury in Kelowna that Kalmring was killed after the couple had a fight.

The Crown is expected to call about 25 witnesses during the trial, expected to last two weeks.

In January 2012, a judge revoked bail for Weins on the basis that he violated his bail conditions and ordered the 26-year-veteran of the RCMP to remain in custody.

The trial was expected to start last June.

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