The offices of District Attorney Micheal Murray and defense attorney Todd Steele are preparing for next week's capital murder trial of Pedro Rocha Jr., who is one of four men charged in the December 2009 shooting death of Ronald Philen in Brownwood.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in 35th District Court.

Rocha's three co-defendants are among dozens of witnesses named on the state's witness list, court records show.

Two of the co-defendants Efrain Castillo III, 22, and Alex "Lucky" Gil, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this year to murder in exchange for 40-year prison sentences.

Matthew Navarro, 23, who is also charged with capital murder in Philen's death, has a Jan. 27 trial date.

Murray's office had earlier indicated it would not seek the death penalty against any of the four defendants.

If the state didn't seek the death penalty, a capital murder conviction would carry a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no parole, District Judge Steve Ellis said in an earlier court proceeding.

In the Castillo and Gil plea bargains, the two pleaded guilty to murder rather than capital murder. The sentencing range for a murder conviction is 5-99 years or life in prison and defendants are eligible for parole.

All four defendants were accused in indictments of going to a home in the 1600 block of Ninth where Ronald Philen and his brother, Randall, lived. The four went there intending to rob Ronald Philen or burglarize his house, indictments alleged.