Jury selected in Justin Sanders trial
ROCKWALL, Texas-- Bowie County prosecutors and public defenders are expected to give opening arguments Tuesday morning in the murder trial of a man accused of a hit-and-run involving a Texarkana, Texas, police officer.
On Monday, a jury of five men and seven women and one female alternate was chosen from a pool of 80 prospective jurors in Rockwall County. The trial of Justin Miles Sanders, 21, was moved from Bowie to Rockwall County amid concern the accused couldn’t get a fair trial in his home county because of pretrial publicity and William Jason Sprague’s status as a patrol officer who lost his life in the line of duty.
Sprague died of head and crush injuries the morning after he was run over June 14 at Grady T. Wallace Park in Texarkana, Texas.Sprague, a 30-year-old husband and father, was the first officer to respond to a disturbance call complaining of a gathering of about 100 in the closed park.
Sanders is charged with first-degree murder, an offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and five to 99 years or life in a Texas prison.Read Tuesday's edition of the Texarkana Gazette for an in-depth look at issues which arose during Monday's jury selection.