HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Garland County man, already convicted twice for murder, returned to court Monday to begin his third murder trial.
Randy Gay is accused of killing 49-year-old Connie Snow, of Hot Springs, and dumping her body in the Ouachita National Forest in May 2011.
The first day of trial was slow-going as jury selection proceeded at the Garland County Courthouse. A pool of some 40 potential jurors arrived Monday morning to see if they will be involved in deciding the future of Randy Gay. While a motive is still unknown, prosecutors are calling the murder "premeditated" and "deliberate."
Randy Gay did not say much as he headed back to his trial at the Garland County Courthouse. With no cameras allowed inside and a gag order in the case, THV 11 shot a glimpse from the window of the jury selection.
THV 11 was at the scene as authorities searched for Snow. Initial arrest reports indicated that Gay brought Snow to a logging area on US Forest Service land near Jessieville where Gay worked there as a night watchman. Witnesses reported seeing an argument; then they said they saw Gay order Snow from his car, shoot her once and dump her body in his pick-up truck before taking off.
Authorities later tracked Gay down at a Mountain Pine apartment. They found Snow's remains in the Ouachita National Forest about a mile from the crime scene.
Now that the trial is underway, more details on this murder could come out, and the fate of Randy Gay will be determined for the third time.
Gay's prior murder convictions came in 1978 with the death of his father-in-law and then in 1991 for the death of his own father. In both cases, Gay received an early release on parole.
Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, said after the second murder Gay had a 20 year sentence but was eligible for parole after ten years. Wilson said that Gay was released on parole after those ten years came up.
Jury selection is expected to continue Tuesday; the trial is expected to run for ten days.
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