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.
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