12 jurors and 3 alternates selected to serve in capital murder trial

Kimberly Saenz mug shot, courtesy of Angelina County Jail
Kimberly Saenz mug shot, courtesy of Angelina County Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Attorneys and Judge Barry Bryan have seated the jury of 12 members and 3 alternates in the trial against a former Lufkin Davita nurse.

Kimberly Clark Saenz, 38, of Pollok, is charged with capital murder and five counts of aggravated assault, stemming from a 2008 case in which five people died and five were severely injured at the Lufkin DaVita dialysis clinic. Investigators suspect Saenz injected the patients with bleach while they were receiving treatments.

The Angelina County District Attorney's Office is pursuing the death penalty for Saenz.

According to court records, jury selection wrapped up Thursday afternoon in an Angelina County courtroom. Attorneys met with Judge Bryan Tuesday to discuss evidence set to be presented in the trial.

"The process will move a lot faster once everyone's seated, because at that point, you've got your jury that's qualified to hear the evidence. And, the state will then get to present their evidence. The defense will do what they need to do to represent their client, and if they decide to, they'll put on their own evidence," said Angelina County Attorney, Bill Agnew.

Agnew is not affiliated with this case, but has agreed to help explain what's taking place from his legal perspective.

The trial is set to begin March 5th in Lufkin.

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