10/11/2011 04:00 EDT | Updated 12/10/2011 05:12 EST

Massive jury pool summoned for family murder trial; bodies found in car in canal

KINGSTON, Ont. - Eight jurors have been selected in Kingston, Ont., in the murder trial of a Montreal couple and their adult son accused of killing members of their own family.

Jury selection began today in the trial of Tooba Mohammad Yahya, 41, her husband Mohammad Shafia, 58, and their son, Hamed Mohammad Shafia, 20.

The family members are each charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

Three teenage Shafia sisters, Zainab, 19, Sahari, 17, and Geeti, 13, along with Rona Amir Mohammad, 50, were found dead inside a submerged car discovered in June 2009 in the Rideau Canal.

The case has drawn a lot of publicity, and 1,050 people have been sent jury summons.

The trial is projected to last about three months.