Jury seated for murder trial of former Tucson fire captain - Tucson News Now

Jury seated for murder trial of former Tucson fire captain

David Watson. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) David Watson. (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Linda Watson Linda Watson
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A jury was selected Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the trial of a former Tucson fire captain accused of killing three people more than 10 years ago. 

Last year, David Watson pleaded not guilty to the murder of his ex-wife Linda Watson, her mother Marilyn Cox and her friend Renee Farnsworth.

[READ: David Watson pleads not guilty to murder charges]

Linda Watson disappeared in 2000. 

Three years later in 2003, a body was found in the desert, but police were unable to identify it. 

That same year, Watson's mother Marilyn Cox and her friend Renee Farnsworth were shot and killed at Cox's home on the northwest side. 

The shootings happened when they returned home from a visit with Watson's daughter. 

Finally in 2011, the body found in the desert was identified as Linda Watson. 

After years of speculation that he was responsible, David Watson was arrested in 2015. 

[READ: Years of questions mount for Pima County cold case murder suspect]

He resigned as captain at Tucson Fire Station No. 5 after eight years.

The much-anticipated trial is expected to last six weeks. 

Opening statements are scheduled to start Wednesday morning.

David Watson faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.

All three charges are class one felonies. 

First-degree murder is punishable by death or life imprisonment, and second-degree murder is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of 10 years up to a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom for jury selection, but will be for the trial. 

Tucson News Now will be there throughout the six-week trial and will provide updates.

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