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Jury selection begins in Thomas May murder trial

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OPELIKA, Ala. - Jury selection has begun in the murder case against Thomas May, who is accused of killing one and injuring several others in 2011.

More than 100 potential jurors arrived at the courthouse Monday. Before breaking for lunch, jurors wishing to be excused gave their reasoning.

Prosecutors say in 2011 May fired into a car that his then-estranged wife, Bethany May, and some of her family members were riding in on the campus of Southern Union Community College. May could face the death penalty if he's convicted of shooting and killing his mother in-law, Brenda Watson. He also faces three counts of attempted murder for shooting Bethany and her grandmother, and injuring his 4-year-old daughter.

At this point only a handful of the candidates have been excused for various reasons, and the rest of the pool will be broken up into panel groups for further questioning.

Most of the juror candidates say they have some knowledge of this case, but no one said they had a fixed opinion on whether or not May is guilty of the crime. Tuesday the seven panel groups will help the attorneys determine the right jurors for the trial.

May has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
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