Two decade old Marion County cold case goes to trial

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A cold case from more than two decades ago has finally gone to trial after a recent request to revisit the case was granted by Judge Prentiss Harrell.

Monday, a motion hearing amended the indictment, which was capital murder, to murder in the trial of James Polk.

 Polk was accused of allegedly killing Kimberly Rowell in 1993. She was 18 years old at the time.

Jury selection got underway and the trial began with opening statements from both sides Monday morning.

Testimony was heard from the prosecution witnesses.

In 2012, Polk was indicted for this crime and has been behind bars since then.

The trial continues Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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