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Jury selection begins in Montague County capital murder case


Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Michael Cunningham, a Nocona man accused in the death of his unborn child, begins today in Henrietta.

The trial was moved from Montague County to Clay County in October on a change of venue requested by the defendant.

Cunningham, 32, was indicted on a capital murder charge by a Montague County grand jury in June 2012. According to The Bowie News, the indictment alleges Cunningham beat his girlfriend, who was five months pregnant, so severely that it caused a miscarriage.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit reported by The Bowie News, Cunningham grabbed his girlfriend by the hair as they were getting out of a car at a residence on Pine Road in the Oak Shores Addition near Nocona on Feb. 23, 2012. He then slammed the rear door of the car into her stomach twice, causing severe pain.  The baby was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, 2012.

Testimony in the trial is expected to begin Wednesday.


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