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Jury selection begins for Kaufman County slayings

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KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas -

Jury selection started Friday in the murder trial of a man charged with killing the Kaufman County district attorney, his wife and another prosecutor.

Former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams is charged with capital murder for the shooting deaths of Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland, his wife Cynthia and Assistant DA Mark Hasse.

Due to the amount of attention the case got and the sensitivity in Kaufman County, the trial was moved to Rockwall County.

Thousands of people were called to be potential jurors, filling the hallways and spilling outside to fill out a 28 page questionnaire. It's estimated the preliminary jury pool is 3,000 people, which will then be whittled down to an eventual final 12.

Hasse was killed outside the Kaufman County Courthouse in January of last year. A massive search started and fears ran rampant in the community.

The McLellands were killed in their home two months later, sparking more fears and outrage.

Police believe Williams wanted revenged after a theft case against him cost him his office and law license.

Final jury selection will likely take place in August. The trial is set for Oct. 20.

Williams' now estranged wife Kim is also charged with capital murder in the cases. She will be tried separately.

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