March 5, 2008
(AP) Jury selection entered a second day in the capital murder trial of an escaped inmate charged with the slayings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff's deputy in 2006.
Wednesday morning, 18 prospects had been added to a jury pool in the Abingdon trial of William Morva. Once 24 prospects are selected, the pool will be narrowed to 12 jurors and two alternates.
The defendant is accused of overpowering a sheriff's deputy after he was taken to a hospital in Blacksburg for treatment of an injury, then using the deputy's pistol to kill security guard Derrick McFarland. He also is charged with killing sheriff's Corporal Eric Sutphin one day later on a walking trail near the Virginia Tech campus.
Morva faces a possible death sentence if found guilty in the August 2006 killings.