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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 10:30 pm

SEGUIN — Two hundred prospective jurors have been summoned to district court for Monday’s docket which includes the case of Cody Lorenz who’s accused of felony murder in the death of a 19-year-old woman from Gonzales.

“We have several cases prepared for Monday, and that is one of them,” District Attorney Heather McMinn said Friday. “We’re going forward on felony murder.”

Lorenz, 21, of Seguin, was booked back into the Guadalupe County Jail on Sept. 27 after a bonding company withdrew its $125,000 bond that had been posted to secure the defendant’s release on June 28.

At that time, Lorenz had been jailed since Jan. 13 when he was arrested by Seguin police on a charge of felony murder in the death of Amber Leigh Robbins of Gonzales.

Robbins died at the scene of a two-vehicle collision reported shortly before 10 p.m. Dec. 29, 2011 at the intersection of State Highway 46 and West Kingsbury Street. Robbins was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that was struck by a 1997 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Lorenz, investigators said.

Police said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and alcoholic beverages in the Dodge pickup.

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Lorenz initially was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, but after police received results of testing to determine the driver’s blood alcohol content, Lorenz was jailed on a charge of felony murder.

Authorities said the alleged offense was felony murder because Lorenz was legally intoxicated when the fatal accident happened and he had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated.

When arrested Jan. 13, Lorenz’s bail was set at $250,000 by Justice of the Peace Darrell Hunter. On Jan. 25, Second 25th District Judge W.C. “Bud” Kirkendall granted a motion for bond reduction, cutting it to $125,000, but Lorenz remained in jail until June 28.

Paperwork to withdraw the bond was filed Aug. 24 after Lorenz was injured in a one-vehicle accident Aug. 18 on Schuenemann Road east of Seguin. Investigators said Lorenz was a passenger in a pickup truck that skidded off the road, overturned and struck a tree.

Lorenz was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital for treatment of what were described as potentially life-threatening injuries. With his bond withdrawn, a warrant was issued for Lorenz’s arrest, but the warrant apparently wasn’t served until he came to court for pretrial proceedings on Sept. 27.

The panel of 200 prospective jurors is the usual number requested by Kirkendall for a jury docket, according to District Clerk Debi Crow.

The jurors’ names are randomly selected by computer software from a merged list of the county’s registered voters and its licensed drivers.

“All we have to do is tell them how many we need,” Crow said.

While the panel may be whittled down to 12 jurors for a trial, many of those summoned will not respond and others will be eligible to claim various exemptions from jury service.

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