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Trial on track to start Oct. 28

Jessica Cuffman • Oct 19, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Curtis Clinton’s murder trial remains on track to start Oct. 28.

Attorneys finished selecting the jury pool Wednesday. A total of 74 people will return to the Erie County Courthouse to see if they’ll be chosen as the final 12 to hear the case against the accused triple murderer.

Watch Nick Fee, brother of Heather Jackson, on Between the Lines HERE

If Clinton is found guilty of murder in the deaths of Heather Jackson, 23, and her two children, he could face the death penalty. In a second phase of the trial, the same jurors would decide if he should face the death penalty.

Clinton, 42, is accused of strangling to death Jackson and her daughter, Celina, 3, and son, Wayne Jr., 20 months, in their John Street home on Sept. 8, 2012.

He was also charged in the rape of a 17-year-old Clyde girl a week before the homicides, and for the sexual assault of Celina the day she died.

Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Tygh Tone will oversee the trial. He said he may conduct a hearing next week to rule on any last-minute motions prosecutors and defense attorneys file before the trial starts. Otherwise, the case will proceed as scheduled.

The Register plans to stream video of the trial live at sanduskyregister.com.

Coverage will begin after the final jury members are seated.

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