| DALLAS, March 28
DALLAS, March 28 A Texas court on Friday began
screening thousands of potential jurors to serve in the October
trial of a case that dominated headlines last year, when a man
was accused of shooting dead three people, including two
Nearly 3,000 people have been summoned to come to the
Rockwall County court for the jury panel in the trial of Eric
Williams, a former Kaufman County justice of the peace and
attorney accused of murdering District Attorney Mike McLelland,
his wife, Cynthia, and Kaufman County Assistant District
Attorney Mark Hasse, according to Rockwall County officials.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Eric Williams,
46. Williams' wife, Kim, was also charged with capital murder,
but will be tried separately.
Court officials are planning to have a final jury panel
selected by Aug. 15 and start the trial on Oct. 20.
McLelland and Hasse had prosecuted Eric Williams for the
theft of office computer monitors, which cost him his job and
Hasse was gunned down outside the Kaufman County Courthouse
on Jan. 31, 2013. The McLellands were killed inside their home
on March 30, 2013.
The Public Defender's Office, was granted a change of venue
to Rockwall County, in suburban Dallas, because of extensive
media coverage of the shooting deaths in Kaufman County, about
30 miles (50 kms) southeast of Rockwall.
Special prosecutors from Dallas have been appointed for the
case and a Dallas County judge has been appointed to preside
over the case.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz)