It will be almost another year before trial begins in a capital murder case in connection with a reported double homicide near Commerce in 2016.
Tyrone Jamaal Williams is facing a potential death sentence if convicted on the capital murder charge.
Jury selection in the case was to begin this summer. A review hearing was scheduled in the 196th District Court Monday, the same day Judge Andrew Bench had set as the deadline to enter any plea agreements in the case.
Following the hearing, Bench scheduled a hearing on juror questionaires for Dec. 18. Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Feb. 12, 2020 with the start of testimony set April 20, 2020.
Williams, 33, is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center in lieu of a total of $1.18 million bond and is being represented by defense counsel with the West Texas Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases program.
Most of the proceedings surrounding the case have been sealed.
Williams, of San Marcos, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Nichole Elizabeth Gonzales, 27, and her mother, Vicki Ann Gonzales, 51 at a residence just outside of Commerce.
Williams’ indictment alleges he killed the two women by stabbing or cutting them with a knife or sharp object.
A 911 call came in at around 1:20 p.m. June 17, 2016 from Vicki Gonzales, who was screaming for help and calling out Williams’ name. The call came from a home in the 7300 block of State Highway 50.
The Commerce Police Department was the first agency on the scene and found the women had been slain.
Williams’ vehicle was found about three miles away from the home.
A search began for Williams with the assistance of the Commerce Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 search team.
At approximately 11 p.m. the Commerce Police Department received a call of a suspicious person in the 2700 block of State Highway 24/50, at the intersection of Live Oak Street. When contacted by officers, Williams allegedly gave officers his brother’s name, but Williams’ identification was found in his possession.
Williams was taken into custody without incident.