Jurors Selected in Angelina County Murder Trial

Jury selection started Monday in the capital murder trial for Eric Parnell. Parnell is accused of shooting a woman to death last year.

The Pollok man is charged with capital murder and aggravated sexual assault. He is accused of killing 18-year-old Anna Franklin. The woman was shot while riding in an SUV on Highway 69 outside of Pollok in May of 2005.

Parnell is also accused of shooting and raping another woman who was driving that SUV. He reportedly told police he was angry with the women because they did not speak favorably to him at a convenience store.

Not long after the shooting, Franklin's mother talked to the East Texas News about her daughter's death.

"Spend every second you can with them," said Robin Franklin. "Make it count, because one day you're going to wake up and they're not here. You don't get that time back. It's like I threw away 18 years and now I can't have it back. I can't change it, I can't fix it, I can't have my baby."

Anna Franklin's 27 year old cousin was with her during the attack. Jennifer Holiday was shot in the arm. She says Parnell took her into the woods and raped her before holding her hostage in his home until he finally let her call the sheriff's office.

Jennifer Holiday said, "It was the only chance I had to ever possibly get away from him. He told me he was going to kill me just like he did my cousin, but I knew that was the only chance I had to possibly get some help."

The women had just left the Polk's store on Highway 69 when they say Parnell pulled up beside their SUV and fired a shot, forcing them to pull over on the side of the highway. Authorities believe that's when Parnell approached the vehicle and fired another shot.

Anna Franklin died at the scene.

Parnell's trial is set to begin January 8th in Angelina County.