Jury Selection Begins For Region 8 Murder Trial

May 23, 2005 – Posted at 2:58 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- Jury selection began Monday at the Craighead County Courthouse in the Alford Hendrix trial.
49-year-old Hendrix is accused of first-degree murder in the May 2004 shooting death of his wife, Virginia at their home on Parkwood. Hendrix has been free from jail since the day following the shooting on a $150,000 dollar bond.
“It's an unfortunate situation where the person has lost their life, but we anticipate when all the facts come out, that it will be seen as justified, unfortunate but justified incident,” said Hendrix’s attorney Martin Lilly, “Unlike a lot of murder cases, this is a very straight forward, not very fact intensive case.”
Court documents show that in his 911 call Hendrix told police he shot his wife after she threatened to kill him with a knife. In court documents, Hendrix also claims he and his wife were arguing about an alleged boyfriend he thought she had.
Hendrix told the 911 dispatcher, his wife said her boyfriend was coming over; so he grabbed a .22 caliber revolver and said let him come over. He claims she grabbed a knife and came at him saying she was going to kill him so he shot at her, missing the first time but hitting her in the head with a second shot.
“I don't think the jury will be required to make a lot of decisions about a lot of facts that happened,” said Lilly, “I think it will evolve in a very short period of time and things happen quick and I don't believe there will be any witnesses who will testify to the contrary.”
350 potential jurors were pulled for the trial and will be narrowed down to 12 jurors, plus 2 alternates.