It is a first in Canadian legal history.
Robert Badgerow is about to go on trial for the murder of a Stoney Creek woman for the fourth time.
Jury selection begins Monday in a Kitchener courtroom in a 35 year old case that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Badgerow, a former Dofasco steelworker, was convicted of first degree murder in 2001 in the death of nursing student Diane Werendowicz, only to have that conviction overturned and two subsequent trials end in hung juries.
The jury in this trial will hear evidence that previous panels did not get to hear which was the basis for the fourth trial to be granted.
Werendowicz went out drinking with some friends on the eve of her 24th birthday on June 19, 1981, but never made it home.
The next day her half naked body was found face down in a creek not far from her Stoney Creek apartment.
An autopsy report shows that she was raped and.
The murder case went cold until 1996 when a DNA profile was extracted from semen found in her body.
In 1998, Badgerow was arrested and charged with first degree murder.
Badgerow admitted to having consensual sex with Werendowicz and maintained she was alive when he left her.
The trial is expected to last until January.