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Jim Miller murder suspect Jessica Kennedy confers with her attorney John Eldridge on her
defense Tuesday morning.
|Published: 8:13 AM, 08/16/2012
||Last updated: 8:30 AM, 08/16/2012
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-The trial of Jessica
Kennedy, 29, in the July 2010 death of Sweetwater businessman and Election Commission Chairman Jim
Miller had barely gotten started Tuesday before Judge Walter Kurtz had to send the jury out and
listen to two women testify a witness was threatening other witnesses.
Kennedy has been in jail for nearly two years and after several aborted
attempts, her trial started Tuesday morning. Assistant District Attorney Jim Stutts opened the
trial by telling the jury he would present proof that Kennedy willingly took part in the killing
of Miller and that she continued to provide intimate details of the killing that she couldn't have
known unless she was there.
Defense attorney John Eldridge
called it a case of "powerlessness," saying Kennedy had been left in a small visitors cell at the
Monroe County Jail where her ex-boyfriend Brandon Steele harassed and threatened her. Eldridge said
she was constantly interviewed by room fulls of intimidating law enforcement officers and she
finally gave them what they wanted (a confession) so she could get out of the Monroe County Jail
and be sent to Meigs County.
story in the Wednesday, August 15, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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