Marion County teen's murder trial changes venue

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - A Marion County teen accused of killing his younger brother goes to trial Monday in Jackson County. A change of venue was granted after the defense claimed that community outrage and media attention wouldn't allow for a fair trial in Marion County.

Zach Stringer was 15-years-old when he was arrested in June 2011, and charged with the murder of his 11-year-old brother in the Enon Community just East of Columbia.

The child was found shot to death in the family home on East Baylis Chapel Rd. which authorities ruled a homicide. Stringer had been held in the Marion-Wathall Correctional Facility on a million dollar bond for over a year.

Twice, his request for a bond reduction had been denied, but a third bond hearing was held in Marion County on Oct. 16, where a $25,000 bond was granted under strict supervision, despite community concern and petition. Jury selection in Pascagoula begins around 8 a.m., Monday.'

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