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KFC Trial Begins In New Boston

At the 202nd district court in New Boston, attorneys met for the first stage of jury selection for the KFC murder trial.

"We anticipate anywhere from three to six weeks on just selecting a jury," said 4th District Court Judge Clay Gossett.

49 year old Romeo Pinkerton of Tyler looked stoic and unemotional as he left the courtroom. Pinkerton's accused of kidnapping and killing five people back in 1983. The kidnapping took place at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kilgore. The victims were then taken to an oil lease in Rusk county and shot to death.

"I read about it in the newspaper when it occurred, and it took national headlines for a lot time. After a while it dropped out and I really forgot about it," said New Boston resident Charles Miller.

Pinkerton and Darnell Hartsfield were indicted on Capitol Murder charges in 2005. Jurors will decide what role Pinkerton played in the KFC slayings, and they'll have to go through a mountain of evidence.

"That's one of the difficult aspects of the case, because all of the witnesses are a lot older. Some of the witnesses have died.  I do know that a lot of the evidence was cataloged through the investigations," said Gossett.

If convicted, both men could face life in prison or the death penalty. The trial is expected to last four to six weeks.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com .

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