Murder trial jury process gets large venue

CAMERON—The jury selection process in the upcoming Brandon Charles Cotton capital murder trial is moving to a larger venue.

County commissioners on Monday endorsed the move of the Oct. 15 jury call from the county courthouse to the Williams Civic Center, also in Cameron.

Cotton is charged with the April, 2011, shotgun slaying of San Gabriel resident Sandra Phillips. The death penalty is being sought.

A jury call of 500 persons is anticipated, according to District Judge John Youngblood.

Attorneys are scheduled to begin interviewing prospective jurors Nov. 4 with the trial to start Dec. 2 in the courthouse.

In other business Monday, the court decided to open a temporary early retirement window for county employees from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31.

Employees with certain amounts of service would be able to retire two years early and qualify for county health care.

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