Trial Date Set In KFC Murder Case

A date has been set for the trial of Darnell Hartsfield in relation to the 1983 KFC murders.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin September 15 in Brazos County.

Darnell Hartsfield is accused of murdering five people taken from a Kilgore Kentucky Fried Chicken back in 1983. The trial was moved to Brazos county because of intense media coverage of the trial.

Hartsfield and his cousin, Romeo Pinkerton, are accused of kidnapping and killing the victims execution-style in a field.

Hartsfield is currently serving a life sentence for aggravated perjury in connection with the case. Pinkerton pleaded guilty to lesser charges in October and received five life sentences.

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