1,400+ potential jurors summoned to Jones County Capital Murder trial, death penalty sought

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – More than 1,400 potential jurors were summoned to a Capital Murder trial taking place in Jones County this week. 

Jury selection for the trial of Dillion Gage Compton, 21, accused of killing an Abilene corrections officer, was moved from the courthouse to Anson High School due to the large pool. 

12 jurors and and at least one alternate should be selected sometime during the beginning of this week and once the panel is finalized, the Capital Murder trial will begin.

Comption is standing trial for the death of Officer Marianne Johnson. The proceeding could take weeks to complete due to the high-profile nature of the crime. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Officer Johnson was found unresponsive in the kitchen area of the French Robertson Unit in Abilene around 3:00 a.m. the morning of July 16, 2016.

A press release says Compton, “who was assigned to the kitchen area, allegedly attacked Officer Johnson when she entered a storage area near the kitchen.”

The TDCJ says Compton was serving time at the French Robertson Unit in Abilene after he was convicted on an Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 14 charge issued out of Dallas County in December of 2011.

Compton is no longer in the French Robertson Unit and is being held in maximum security at an undisclosed location.

A Serious Incident Review took place following the murder, which led to disciplinary against the following TDCJ employees: 

•             Jimmy Webb – Assistant Warden. 4 months probation, 7 days suspension
•             Edward McQuade – Major Correctional Officers. Recommended for dismissal
•             Gregory Cruse – Food Service Manager. Recommended for dismissal
•             Patrick Roach – Food Service Manager. Recommended for dismissal

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