Jury Selection to Begin Monday for John Ray Falk Jr.

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in a capital murder trial in which a 45-year-old man is accused of killing a corrections officer while escaping a Huntsville prison in 2007.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for John Ray Falk Jr., whose case will be heard by Walker County District Judge. It's taking place in Bryan because the judge granted a change of venue request.

Authorities said Falk was doing supervised field work when he and another inmate managed to steal a pickup they used to flee. The corrections officer, 59-year-old Susan Canfield, was on horseback when she was struck by the stolen truck according to police reports.

Falk's co-defendant, Jerry Duane Martin, was convicted of capital murder in 2009 and sentenced to death. Martin was driving the vehicle that hit Canfield.

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