Jury selection begins in Alexander Hill murder trial

Jury selection begins in Alexander Hill murder trial

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Jury selection began in Petersburg Circuit Court on Wednesday for the trial of a man accused of killing four people in 2014.

Alexander Hill Jr. is facing capital murder charges for the death of Pauline Wilkins, her daughter Vicki Chavis Ansar, along with granddaughter Tanique Davis and great-grandson 2-year-old Delvari Chavis.

All four were found dead in a burning home along Harding Street on April 19, 2014.

In court Wednesday, several potential jurors were excused after admitting they would hold graphic photos of a dead child against the defendant. Others said they themselves had been victims of domestic violence, or knew someone who had, or knew the victims' family.

After the murders, Hill disappeared for a year. He was interviewed by a Buffalo, New York television station, in disguise, where he was getting assistance from a soup kitchen.

He was quickly arrested and returned to Virginia after investigators proved he was Hill.

The trial is scheduled to last 10 days.

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