Jury selection underway in Jeff Davis capital murder trial

JEFF DAVIS CO., MS (WDAM)- Jury selection got underway today in Jeff Davis county in the capital murder trial of Michael Bernard Henry.

Henry, 41, is accused of murdering an elderly couple in their home near Bassfield in April of 2009. Edward Eugene Redd, 70, and his wife Cherilene Redd, 74, were found strangled to death in the kitchen of their home. Their car was later found burned in Jackson county.

Alicia Renee Funchess, 32, was also charged with capital murder but she pleaded to a lesser charge last week in exchange for her testimony against Henry. Authorities say Funchess grew up near the Redd's home, but that she and Henry moved to Jackson county.

Authorities speculate that Henry's car broke down near Redd's home and they intended to steal the elderly couple's car when a struggle ensued. If convicted, Henry could face the death penalty.

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