Jury selection starts in Okla. soldier's trial

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Fort Sill soldier charged with first-degree murder in the starvation death of a 10-year-old boy at an Oklahoma Army base.

Attorneys began questioning the first group of jurors Monday in the trial of Pvt. Connell Williams. Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury for the May 5, 2011, death of Marcus Holloway, the son of Williams' girlfriend, at Fort Sill.

Williams and the boy's mother, Candice Holloway, allegedly deprived him of food for several months until he died. Holloway has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement in which she will serve 30 years in prison and testify against Williams.

Williams has pleaded not guilty in the case. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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