Jury selection Monday in murder trial

March 30, 2013

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Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Kimberly Danielle Milwicz is scheduled to start Monday morning in 355th Judicial District Court in Granbury.

Milwicz, 24, was indicted in the Jan. 17, 2012, shooting death of Rolling Hills Shores resident Gene Sabin, 63. He was found by an employee inside his business, T.J.’s Private Club and Cafe, with a fatal gunshot wound from a 9mm firearm.

Sabin’s death became a capital murder case because money and checks were allegedly stolen from the business during the incident.

Hood County residents Justin Ragan, 24, and Gordon Ray Lewis, 36, were also indicted in the case.

Ragan was convicted on his capital murder charge and sentenced on Jan. 31 to life in prison without possibility of parole. Lewis’ trial is tentatively set to begin in late June.

Milwicz, a former employee of Sabin at T.J.’s who most recently listed her address as Granada, Calif., was arrested Jan. 19 in Las Cruces, N.M. She entered a not guilty plea on Sept. 21.

Mark Dewitt, who on Aug. 31 was named as the court-appointed attorney for Milwicz, filed a motion to suppress written and oral statements made by his client while in custody. In Tuesday’s pretrial hearing, Judge Ralph Walton denied the motion, according to court documents.

Bond for both Milwicz and Lewis is set at $1 million. Milwicz has been in the Somervell County Jail, which houses Hood County’s female inmates. Lewis remains in the Hood County Jail.

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