Trial Beginning In Corrections Officer's Death

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A convicted killer already serving a life prison term for murder is facing a possible death sentence for an escape attempt five years ago that left a Texas corrections officer dead.

Opening statements and the start of testimony are set for Monday in Bryan in the capital murder trial of 45-year-old John Ray Falk Jr.

Corrections officer Susan Canfield was killed as Falk and fellow prisoner Jerry Martin broke away from an inmate work crew outside the Wynne Unit prison just north of Huntsville in September 2007. Martin commandeered a truck and rammed it into Canfield, who was on horseback.

Martin was convicted three years ago in the same case and is now on death row.

Falk's trial was moved from Huntsville to Bryan.




 
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