More Potential Jurors to be Called in Trial over 1983 KFC Slayings

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NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) - About 550 more potential jurors will be called in a trial over the 1983 killing of five people abducted from a Kilgore restaurant.

Judge Clay Gossett says the original jury pool in New Boston was too small.

Gossett this month summoned about 350 Bowie County residents for jury duty in the capital murder trial of Romeo Pinkerton of Tyler.

Investigators say the victims were abducted during a holdup of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. They were later found dead along a remote oilfield road.

The victims were Mary Tyler, Opie Ann Hughes, David Maxwell, Joey Johnson and Monte Landers.

Attorneys are expected to finish questioning the original jurors by late next week.

The additional jurors are expected in court September 10th.

Pinkerton's cousin, Darnell Hartsfield, is also charged with capital murder and faces trial later.