Jury selection begins for trial of Huntsville man accused of killing elderly neighbor

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John Clayton Owens and his attorney, Brian Clark, during a recent motion hearing in Madison County Circuit Court.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jury selection started Monday morning for John Clayton Owens, who is charged with capital murder in the death of his neighbor.

Owens is accused of strangling his 91-year-old neighbor Doris Richardson to death, and burglarizing her home on Bide-a-wee Drive in Huntsville in 2011.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The jury pool is filling out questionnaires, and that could take the bulk of today.  Lawyers could start to question potential jurors on Tuesday morning, WHNT News 19’s Brian Lawson reports.

Owens’ attorneys have argued Alabama’s death penalty system is unconstitutional in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Hurst vs. Florida.

Judge Alison Austin denied it, as did the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals last week.

WHNT News 19 will continue to bring you the latest on the trial.

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