published Monday, August 20th, 2012

Monroe County jury now deliberating in Jessica Kennedy murder trial

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    Jessica Kennedy talks with her defense attorney John Eldridge during Kennedy's trial for the murder of Jim Miller Friday in Monroe County Criminal Court. Kennedy, 29, is charged with felony murder, aggravated robbery, abuse of a corpse and arson in connection with the death of Miller, who was Monroe County Election Commission chairman.
    Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The jury is now deliberating in the murder trial of a woman accused of killing a Monroe County election official.

Closing arguments were made this morning in the trial of Jessica Kennedy, who is accused in the 2010 death of Jim Miller, 60, the chairman of the Monroe County Election Commission.

In July 2010, Miller’s body was found in the trunk of his burned car with three gunshot wounds to the head.

Kennedy is charged with felony murder, aggravated robbery, abuse of a corpse and arson.

“Throughout all these stories it has become apparent that she knows because she was there because she played her part,” Assistant District Attorney Adam Stutts told the jury.

But the defense said the prosecution had not proven its case against Kennedy and, in its closing arguments, focused on her mental instability and the many conflicting statements she gave authorities during the investigation into Miller’s death.

“Set this girl free and, in doing so, tell the authorities to roll up their sleeves and get to work and find out who killed Jim Miller,” said defense attorney John Eldridge.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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