Jury selection begins in Jennings County murder case

JENNINGS COUNTY — Jury selection began Monday morning in the murder trial of Jovonnie Antonio Mayes, 23, Seymour, who is accused in the death of 52-year-old Richard Smith.

Jennings Circuit Court sent out summons to 150 jurors who were called for jury selection.

Mayes is accused in the murder of 52-year-old Richard Smith, who was found by police in a trash container outside of the former Hatton’s Carpet and Flooring building near Fifth Street and Amvet Drive in in North Vernon on October 17, 2014.

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