The trial of a former employee of Schreiber Foods — who was indicted in August 2017 for allegedly making threats to the business on social media — is expected to begin today.
Jury selection got underway Monday morning and opening statements are expected to begin this afternoon.
District Attorney Alan Nash said the trial should last one-three days.
According to the arrest affidavit that had been released, Austin Kyle Connolly, 23, was fired from Schreiber for attendance issues.
“Affiant met with (Schreiber employee) and was provided with Facebook.com printouts depicting Austin Kyle Connolly. The printouts were in the name of Connolly and showed a male subject wearing camo clothing, body armor and displaying what appeared to be an assault rifle with the comments ‘the face you make when you get fired for going to a funeral,’” the affidavit states. “Affiant was provided with additional comments that Connolly placed on Facebook.com that stated, ‘you’re right, I don’t want them to expect it,’ ‘full auto,’ and ‘spray and pray.’ Connolly is seen depicted on the site making a written statement: ‘I mean. I don’t have to use a gun. I know where the ammonia tanks are.’”
The employee who printed out the Facebook posts feared for employees at Schreiber Foods.
Connolly was booked into the Erath County Jail on June 13 and is being held on a $20,000 bond. He is being represented by local attorney Brady Pendleton.