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Jury selected in Jefferson Davis County capital murder case

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PRENTISS, MS (WDAM) - It's the second time for lawyers to try and seat a jury in a capital murder case out of Bassfield, and this time they've got one.

Close to 200 potential jurors were summoned to the courthouse in Prentiss and after a day- long process a select group of men and women will hear the case against Johnny Ray Sims, 40, who is charged with the 2006 kidnapping and murder of Jamaya Griffith, 7, of Hattiesburg who was a second grader at Lilly Burney.

Griffith was visiting her great grandmother in Bassfield when she disappeared while going outside to ride her bike. Her body was later found in a closet at Sims' home.

The girl had been stabbed to death and an autopsy revealed her assailant tired to strangle and smother her.

The case first went to trial in August, but a mistrial was declared after potential jurors had been given case information. Court will resume Tuesday morning.

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