KFC Murder Trial Set for September

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A date has been set for the KFC murder trial. Opening statements are scheduled to take place September 15, in Brazos County's 361st District Court.

The trial against Darnell Hartsfield who's accused of the murders of five people taken from a Kilgore KFC in 1983, was moved to Brazos County because of the intense media coverage.

The trial is expected to bring a large number of people into the Brazos Valley.

Hartsfield and his cousin Romeo Pinkerton are accused of killing them "execution style."

Pinkerton pleaded guilty to lesser charges in October, and received five life sentences.

Hartsfield is currently serving a life sentence for aggravated perjury in connection with the case.

Attorneys say they will not be seeking the death penalty.

The case went unsolved for two decades because of DNA technology not available until now. Authorities say Pinkerton's blood was found on a napkin at the scene. Blood from Hartsfield, who was arrested for aggravated robbery three days after the slayings, was found on a box of cash register tapes.

This isn't the first time Brazos County has hosted a high-profile murder case. In 1999, white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer was convicted of dragging a black man to death in Jasper.

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