Georgetown: Sixth Juror Picked In Waco Man’s Capital Murder Trial

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

GEORGETOWN (June 13, 2013)--Lawyers have now selected six jurors for the July capital murder trial of a Waco man whose trial was moved to Georgetown because of heavy publicity about the case here.

The McLennan County District Attorney's office said the latest juror was selected Wednesday afternoon.

Albert Love of Waco faces a possible death sentence if convicted of capital murder for his part in the so-called Spring Street murders in Waco that happened in March 2011.

The judge in the case, 19th District Judge Ralph Strother, has said attorneys must select the panel of 12 plus two alternates before testimony can begin.

Jury panel interviews began June 3 in Georgetown, where Love's was moved after a Strother determined media coverage of the trial of the first defendant could influence the outcome.

The first defendant, Rickey Cummings, is now on death row in Huntsville after a Waco jury convicted him of capital murder and sentenced him to death in the March 2011 ambush-style slayings of Tyus Sneed, 17, and Keenan Hubert, 20, at the Lakewood Villas apartment complex in Waco.

Two other men were seriously wounded by gunfire in the same incident.

The Williamson County District Clerk summoned 1,200 prospective jurors.

The process began with questionnaires that were sent to all 1,200 potential jurors, a Williamson County court official said.

Now that those questionnaires have been returned to the court, attorneys on both sides have an opportunity to interview each candidate individually.

Strother also presided over Cummings' trial, which was marked with outbursts from the gallery, crowds of people in the hallways and threats of retaliation against witnesses.

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