Christian Gerhartsreiter Update: Murder trial for Rockefeller impostor set to begin

Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter
Pool,AP Photo/Sarah Reingewirtz, File
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter
File, AP Photo/Sarah Reingewirtz

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - The murder trial of a man who posed as a member of the fabled Rockefeller family is getting under way on Monday, 20 years after the alleged murder.

Jury selection ended with seven women and five men, who will begin hearing opening statements in the case of Christian Gerhartsreiter. He was known for 20 years as Clark Rockefeller. He said he is not guilty of the cold case killing of John Sohus.

Sohus disappeared with his wife, Linda, in 1985 while Gerhartsreiter was a tenant at the home of Sohus' mother.

The prosecution's case is circumstantial, based on a bag of bones found buried at the property and fuzzy memories of San Marino residents who knew the defendant.

The defense says there was no motive for the defendant to kill anyone. Linda Sohus vanished without a trace.

Complete Coverage of the Christian Gerhartsreiter case on Crimesider