Jury selection began Thursday in the murder and kidnapping trials of two defendants accused of killing a woman in the Talladega National Forest.

Alyssa Watson and Marcus George are both charged with murder and kidnapping in the 2015 death of Samantha Payne.

Squirrel hunters found Payne tied to a tree in the forest.

Attorneys spent Thursday questioning potential jurors. Opening statements and witness testimony is expected to begin Friday.

The defendants are two of five accused in Payne's death. Two others, Chylli Bruce and Stephen George, have entered guilty pleas. They won't be sentenced unless they offer truthful testimony at the trials.

A trial date hasn't been set for David Michael Belcher, who could face the death penalty if convicted.

Police and prosecutors allege the defendants drove Payne to several locations in Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties, beating her at each stop. Payne’s hands and feet were bound with a coaxial cable, a shoestring and a belt when her body was found tied to the tree off South Sandy Road in November 2015.

Marcus King George and Alyssa Watson were initially charged with kidnapping only, but a grand jury later agreed to indict them both on murder charges.