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Mickey Patterson trial begins

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    Thursday, September 15 2011 4:51 PM EDT2011-09-15 20:51:36 GMT
    After five years of grief, tragedy, uncertainty and hope, Mickey Patterson is on trial for the murder of Kay Harrelson. Harrelson's body was found in a ditch outside Shallowater in 2006. Patterson was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in 2009.

After a full day of interviewing, attorneys selected 8 men and 4 women to be on the jury for the Mickey Patterson trial, along with 2 alternates.

Patterson is accused of killing Kay Harrelson and Peggy Merimon - two employees who disappeared from the Lubbock State School in August 2006. Over 70 jurors filled the 72nd District court room as lawyers grilled them on details related to the trial, trying to verify that they were not influenced by the intense media coverage of the case.

Defense attorneys for Patterson had previously tried to move the trial outside of Lubbock because they felt Patterson would not be able to get a fair trial. Judge Jim Bob Darnell denied the request.

After the jurors were dismissed, an evidence hearing began. Defense and district attorneys questioned several witnesses in reference to the case.

Marcel Gonzalez, a state school employee, took the stand and answered questions regarding an eyewitness account she gave to police in 2006.

Gonzalez was very emotional on the stand as he described Patterson leaving with Merimon and Harrelson on Aug. 9, 2006.

"I was walking out behind them about 5 or 6 feet. I know it was Patterson because he turned around over his shoulder and I saw his face," Gonzalez said.

A hypnotist who worked with Gonzalez for an eye witness ID back in 2006 took the stand along with two detectives who worked on the case.

Patterson's defense team said the evidence suggests Gonzalez saw someone else driving the car with Merimon and Harrelson in it when he was was hypnotized.

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