After Nearly 20 Years, A Murder Trial is Re-tried for Sentencing in Randall County

An Amarillo murder that happened nearly 20 years ago, began it's second round of sentencing today.

It was nearly seven thousand days ago when Brent Brewer murdered Robert Laminack.

And after a lengthy legal process, jury selection began today at the Randall County Justice Center.

Brewer was found guilty of capital murder in 1991, but appeal after appeal led this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2007 the country's highest court decided the jurors in the original case were given bad instructions and the sentence was thrown out, but the conviction was not.

"They did not reverse the guilt innocence. The verdict of capital murder was upheld only the punishment phase was reversed," said James Farren, the Randall County District Attorney.

So now a new jury, 19 years later, will hear the case again, but they will only be deciding if Brewer deserves the death penalty or life in prison.

It's expected that the jury selection will take about three or four weeks, and the trial is set to start August 10.