SAN MARCOS, Texas -- The capital murder trial of an accused serial sex predator begins Tuesday in Hays County.
Willie Jenkins, 59, is on trial for the murder of a San Marcos woman nearly 40 years ago.
Police say Jenkins sexually assaulted, strangled and drowned 20-year-old Sheryl Ann Norris in her apartment off Aquarena Springs Drive in 1975. Norris had just moved to San Marcos from Florida and was working as a secretary at the Texas Crime Prevention Institute, now known as Texas State University.
Court papers state that Jenkins fled after the murder and was found in California in 2010 when police connected him to the crime using DNA evidence. Jenkins was charged with capital murder and was extradited back to Texas.
The Hays County District Attorney's Office is seeking the death penalty.
"The decision to seek the death penalty is not something you take lightly. It weighs on you, everybody involved in the case," said First Asst. District Attorney Hays CountyFred Weber. "It's our job to put the evidence out there and it's the jury's job to make a decision on the evidence we present."
This is the first death penalty case in Hays County in nearly 20 years.