Jury selection for the capital murder trial of William Mitchell Hudson began in Bryan on Monday, the Palestine Herald-Press has reported.
Hudson, 35, is accused of killing six people during a weekend of camping at a Tennessee Colony campsite on Nov. 15, 2015. He is charged with three counts of capital murder and has pleaded not-guilty to all three counts, according to the Palestine Herald-Press.
Hudson's trial was moved to Brazos County after Anderson County District Attorney Allyson Mitchell filed for a change of venue. The proceedings were moved from the courthouse to the Brazos County Expo building's ballroom, according to the Palestine Herald-Press.
On the first day of jury selection a pool of about 150 prospective jurors were in the expo building's ballroom. The Palestine Herald-Press said after the jurors were put under oath, reasons for exemption were announced and 22 came forward with disqualifications.
Third District Court Judge Mark Calhoon informed the prospective jurors that Mitchell was seeking the death penalty and they would need to fill out a 19-page questionnaire to speed up the selection process, according to the Palestine Herald-Press.
The prosecutors and defense attorneys were set to begin individual juror interviews, a process Calhoon said could take several weeks, according to the Herald Press's article.
Hudson was present during the hearing, escorted into the ballroom by Anderson County Sheriff's Office deputies. He sat with his defense team, according to the article.
Hudson pleaded not guilty to three counts of capital murder. He was indicted in December 2015 for the murders of Carl Johnson, 76; his daughter, Hannah Johnson, 40; his grandson, Kade, 6; Thomas Kamp, 45; and his two sons, Nathan Kamp, 23 and Austin Kamp, 21.