Opening statements and testimony are expected to be presented Feb. 6 in the capital murder trial of Hollis Daniels III, the former Texas Tech student accused in the deadly shooting of campus police officer Floyd East Jr.
A 12-person jury with four alternates was selected Monday after a three-month-long jury selection process that started with 250 potential jurors reporting to the Central Jury Pool room, filling out questionnaires and listening to a general presentation from prosecutors and defense attorneys.
After reviewing the potential juror's answers, attorneys for the defense and prosecution found about 150 people were qualified to hear the trial in Lubbock County. That number was narrowed to 55 after the individual voir dire phase that began in December.
The court was prepared to change the trial's venue to Midland County if both parties believed an objective jury could not be impaneled in here.
Daniels, 24, faces life in prison without parole or the death penalty after he was charged in the Oct. 9, 2017 shooting death of East, a Texas Tech University police officer who arrested Daniels, then a 19-year-old freshman, for an unrelated drug offense.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Jurors seated in Hollis Daniels death penalty capital murder case