Attorneys paint different pictures of woman charged with felony murder

Attorneys paint different pictures of woman charged with felony murder

August 14th, 2012 by Shelly Bradbury in Local - Breaking News

Attorneys painted very different pictures of Jessica Kennedy during opening statements at her trial today in Monroe County Criminal Court.

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

She is accused in the death of Jim Miller, who was shot three in the head on July 17, 2010.

While the prosecution acknowledges Kennedy didn't act alone, assistant district attorney Jim Stutts described her as the key participant.

"She had intimate knowledge of what happened, and she had to be there to know those details," he said.

John Eldridge, defense attorney, said the case is about power, and he suggested Kennedy was manipulated into a confession.

"Powerlessness is the name of this case," he said. "Powerlessness was Jessica Kennedy."