Longview, TX — Two longtime teachers, a janitor and a self-described housewife were among eight people selected Monday to decide whether Gregg County is to blame for the 2010 death of a jail inmate.
The federal jury panel is to begin hearing evidence Jan. 22 in the wrongful death suit brought by the children and mother of Amy Lynn Cowling. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap sent the five-woman, three-man jury home Monday with strict instructions not to discuss their assignment, including on social media.
Gilstrap said he expected the trial to run for about five days.
Cowling was 33 when she was brought to the Gregg County Jail after a traffic stop revealed two out-of-county misdemeanor theft warrants and some unpaid tickets.
She died in a separation cell on Dec. 28, the fifth day after her Christmas Eve arrest.
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