Jury selection is taking longer than expected in the trial of the man who prosecutors say killed Tiffany Johnston more than 20 years ago.
Prosecutors said last week that they plan to give opening statements on Monday. Instead, lawyers are still working to fill the empty seats in the jury box, with around 40 potential jurors still under review.
William Reece is on trial for the murder of Johnston in 1997.
Police say his car was found abandoned at a Bethany car wash, but Johnston was nowhere to be found. His body was found two days later. Investigators said she was raped and murdered.
In 2015, DNA evidence linked Reece to the murder. He was already in a Texas prison, serving a 60-year rape sentence.
After investigators linked Reece to Johnston, he confessed to killing a 12-year-old and two other women in Texas.
Texas prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for a confession and be taken to where he dumped the bodies of the two women.
However, capital punishment remains an option for the Oklahoma City jury.
Reece faces first degree murder and kidnapping charges in Johnston’s death.