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Jury Selection Begins In Kaufman Murder Case

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ROCKWALL (CBSDFW) - It has been more than a year since the brutal killings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland, his wife, and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse. The story made national headlines and, on Friday, jury selection is expected to begin in the suspect's capital murder trial.

The trial was moved to Rockwall after defense attorneys argued that Eric Williams could not get a fair trial in Kaufman County, due to the higher profile and publicity of this case. Jury selection is going to be a very long process. It will likely be months before opening arguments take place.

Police have stated that Williams and his wife plotted to kill the McLellands and Hasse last year. According to law enforcement officials, the move was done in retribution for the prosecution of the defendant in an earlier theft case. Williams lost his position as Justice of the Peace, along with his law license and health insurance.

The judge has stated that the jury pool will be very big — about 500 people. The jury selection process is expected to last until August. The actual trial is currently scheduled to get underway seven months from now, in October. The suspect's wife will be tried separately.

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