Jury selection begins in Jones' capital murder trial

Tuesday, October 18th 2005, 7:39 am
By: News On 6

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Jury selection begins in Mobile, Alabama, in the capital murder trial of former Oklahoman and suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones.

The 32-year-old is accused of killing Lisa Nichols in September 2004. Nichols' burned and mutilated body was found in her Turnerville trailer home.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles Graddick will allow prosecutors to use an alleged confession and D-N-A evidence against Jones, a former Miami, Oklahoma, resident who could face the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole if convicted.

The process to select a jury could be challenging. When Graddick yesterday asked pool members who had heard media accounts about Jones' case, so many raised their hands that he reversed the question and asked how many had not. Sixty-nine out of 100 were counted as having been aware of the case.

Jones faces murder charges in other states and investigators handling several unsolved slayings have expressed interest in him.