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BRYAN, Texas (AP)

Trial in old KFC slayings case heads to jury

A Brazos County jury heard from one rebuttal witness before attorneys made their closing arguments in the second trial over the 1983 murders of 5 people from an East Texas Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant.

Jurors heard from a former Tyler convenience store clerk who identified Darnell Hartsfield of Tyler as the robber of the store where she was working in 1983. The robbery happened three days after the five people taken from the Kilgore KFC were killed.

Hartsfield is the second defendant to face trial in the slayings in a case that's gone unsolved for a quarter century. If convicted, he faces life in prison. His trial was moved more than 100 miles from Henderson in Rusk County to Bryan because of publicity in the area.

The trial comes nearly a year after his cousin, Romeo Pinkerton of Tyler, pleaded guilty to five murder charges midway through his own trial. Pinkerton accepted life in prison.

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