Bastrop County preparing for former APD officer's trial

There are new developments in the case of a former Austin police officer charged with killing his pregnant girlfriend in Bastrop.

BASTROP, TEXAS - A former Austin police officer who is accused in a February 2015 murder may soon see his day in court. 

VonTrey Clark is charged with capital murder in the death of Crime Victims Counselor Samantha Dean outside of Bastrop. Dean was Clark's girlfriend and seven months pregnant at the time of her murder.

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Dean was found behind a vacant office building and Clark traveled to Indonesia after her death -- only to be captured and extradited back to Texas.

Police said Clark already had a family and investigators suspect he enlisted the help of another man -- Kevin Watson -- to kill Dean because she refused to end her pregnancy.

Clark and Watson are both charged with capital murder, but prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty.

Although no trial date has been set for Clark, KVUE and the Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski confirmed that the county is preparing for the upcoming -- and possibly costly -- trial early next year. 

In the Bastrop County budget passed last week, county leaders allotted $200,000 to pay for expenses such as expert witnesses, court-appointed attorneys and to possibly sequester jurors, if necessary. Bastrop County's auditor told Plohetski that the amount may be conservative. 

Officials are currently aiming toward starting jury selection in January and the trial being held in February in Bastrop County, but a judge has not formally set the date.

As for the cost of the trial -- that's just for Clark.

There is no word yet on when Watson could possibly face a jury, or how much the county would need to pay for that trial.

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