Man accused of kidnapping Christina Morris set to go on trial

The trial begins Tuesday for the man accused of kidnapping Christina Morris begins Tuesday. Jobin Panicker has been following the case.

COLLIN COUNTY -- It is the next chapter in the saga of Christina Morris' disappearance. Two years later, and the Fort Worth woman’s whereabouts are still unknown. But on Tuesday, the trial for the man accused of kidnapping her begins.

It all started August 30 in 2014 when Christina Morris was last seen, on surveillance camera, walking side-by-side with Enrique Arochi. Both were seen walking through the parking lot at Shops at Legacy.

Soon after that early morning the family would officially report Christina missing. It would prompt a vigorous search that continues even to this week. Members of a group named Team Christina trudge through fields covering more than 400 square miles looking for Christina or possibly clues.

Police say Arochi was the last to see Morris and so the attention turned to him. Court documents revealed Christina's DNA was found in the trunk of Arochi’s Camaro. On December 13, later that year, Plano police arrested Arochi on an aggravated kidnapping charge.

Since then, he has been in a Collin County jail cell waiting for trial to start.

On September 6, two years and a week after Christina's disappearance, the kidnapping trial will start. Prosecution and defense will screen 125 potential jurors to find an impartial jury. If an impartial jury cannot be found from that pool, the judge says he will consider a change of venue.

It is a case that has been highly publicized from the beginning, and may continue to be publicized, considering all the unanswered questions about Christina's disappearance and the man accused in the kidnapping.

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