Jury selection underway in capital murder trial
CAMERON COUNTY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Potential Cameron County jurors gathered in the 197th courtroom as state prosecutors and the defense for Omar Montemayor worked to select a jury.
Adela Kowalski-Garza, Cameron County ADA, "If you have any inclination or anything that you believe will not give a fair trial to both the State of Texas or the defense, that's all that is required of you."
Montemayor is accused of killing his estranged wife, her unborn child and her friend in September of 2012. He's charged with capital murder, police report he forced his way into his estranged wife's Harlingen home and shot the two and then turned the gun on himself in a failed suicide attempt.
Conviction in a capital murder trial comes with an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
The state told potential jurors they will not be seeking the death penalty in this case if Montemayor is found guilty. The state also informed the jury that a conviction on sudden passion is also a possibility which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.