A Tarrant County defendant backed out of a plea deal on Monday, triggering an unexpected murder trial.
Eugene Esters had agreed to plead guilty for murder of the sister of NFL player Chris Johnson, but he changed his mind at the last minute.
The deal would have sent Esters to jail for 55 years. Now he could get up to a life sentence if convicted.
Esters is accused of shooting to death his estranged girlfriend and shooting and injuring her mother in December 2011 outside her Ft. Worth town home.
Jennifer Johnson, 33, was a mother with two girls. Johnson had the youngest, a three-year-old, with Esters.
Chris Johnson, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, was in attendance on Monday in the Tarrant County courtroom and told FOX4 the family is ready to "get this behind us."
Jury selection is underway in the case and opening arguments are set for Tuesday afternoon.
KDFW FOX 4
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