Former Austin officer accused of murder may face death penalty, experts say

VonTrey Clark is charged with murder in the death of Crime Victims Counselor Samantha Dean outside of Bastrop.

BASTROP, TEXAS - A Bastrop county judge has set a trial date in one of the region's most high-profile murder cases in recent years.

Opening statements in the trial of former Austin police officer VonTrey Clark will start March 19, according to a judge's order, in the death of crime victims counselor Samantha Dean. Jury selection will begin Feb. 6 and will include individual interviews with prospective jurors, which legal experts said is an indication that prosecutors may seek the death penalty.

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Clark is charged with capital murder in the death of Dean, who worked for the Kyle Police Department.

Clark is accused of killing Dean, who was seven months pregnant, because she would not terminate her pregnancy.

He then fled to Indonesia, where federal officials captured him and returned him to Bastrop County.

A trial date for a co-defendant, Kevin Watson, has not been set.

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