Greene County residents summoned for jury duty in Jones County trial

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Greene County Circuit Clerk Cecelia Bounds was in Jones County Monday to start the process for Justin Blakeney's trial.

Bounds, began jury selection by randomly pulling 500 names from the Greene County voter rolls.

Several people were in attendance to see the process, along with Blakeney, his attorney William Labarre, Jones County Circuit Clerk Bart Gavin, and Assistant District Attorney J. Ronald Parrish.

Residents selected will be mailed a questionnaire and a jury summons with a location and date to appear for the jury selection.

Blakeney's trial will begin July 7. He is being charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a two-year-old in 2010.

In February, Judge Billy Joe Landrum declared a mistrial after there were not enough jurors to fill the seats for the trial. Judge Landrum also granted Blakeney's request to receive a change of venue, which is why the jury is being compiled from Greene County this time.

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