Jury selection begins tomorrow in the multiple murder trial of Marcus Wesson.
Wesson faces nine murder charges and more than a dozen counts of sexual abuse against his own daughters and nieces. But no gunpowder residue was found on his hands. Investigators have painted Wesson as a domineering patriarch who allegedly controlled his family with religious teachings, incest and threats of mass suicide.
The 57-year-old man was the only one to emerge alive from the modest one-story house where police discovered nine bodies in a bloody tangle. They also found ten white coffins stacked against the living room walls. Each victim had been shot once in the eye. The youngest was a one-year-old toddler and the oldest, a 25-year-old woman.
The killings shocked even veteran officers in this Central Valley town. Earlier this month, more than 2,000 potential jurors were summoned to appear in Fresno County Superior Court. Hundreds are expected to answer the request tomorrow. After about a month of questioning, 12 will be chosen to hear the case.