Both sides ready for trial in Circle homicide.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys say they're ready for trial in the rural Interior homicide case involving 48-year old

Alfred Harold Woods of Fairbanks.

Jury selection gets underway Tuesday morning in Fairbanks Superior Court.

Woods is charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, and is being held without bail at the Fairbanks Correctional

Center.

Woods faces a maximum 20 years in jail if he's convicted.

Woods is accused of beating 68 year old John Alexander in the Steese Highway community of Circle back on January 12th.

Alexander died about a month after the alleged incident took place.

Wood originally had been charged with First Degree Assault, but the charge was upgraded after Alexander died of his injuries.

Attorneys representing Woods have said the case figures to be difficult to prosecute, as there were no witnesses to the actual assault

on Alexander.