Mistrial declared in child rape, murder trial - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Mistrial declared in child rape, murder trial

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A mistrial has been declared in the Jeff Davis County capital murder trial of Johnny Ray Sims.

Monday, court officials said an inappropriate question was asked during jury selection. Defense attorneys objected, and Judge Prentiss Harrell declared the mistrial.

The district attorney said a new trial will be held as soon as possible.

The 39-year-old Bassfield man was accused of raping and stabbing his neighbor's 7-year-old grandchild in March of 2006.

The body of Jamaya Griffith was found stuffed into a closet in the Sims home. The girl had been visiting her grandmother when she went missing.

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