Shortly before 9 a.m., 35-year-old Williams Dewayne Savell walked into Neshoba County Circuit Court. He's charged with last September's murder of 23-year-old substitute teacher, Mandy Davis.
Eight days after being reported missing, Davis' dismembered body was found in a shallow pond in a heavily wooded area within the county.
First on the stand was Page Bowles with the Mississippi Crime Lab. She testified that she discovered hair and blood on a kyser blade believed to have been involved.
Mandy's mother, Marie took the stand as well as, Savell himself. When on the stand Savell told attorneys that he felt pressured into talking to police when they initially contacted him about Mandy's whereabouts. At the time he had not formally been charged.
According to the circuit clerk's office, 82 people have been subpoenaed to possibly testify. With so many, the trial is expected to last at least three days or longer.
To ensure a fair trial, a jury of 10 men and four women from Covington County has been brought in to hear the case. If found guilty Savell could face up to life in prison. The trial will resume Thursday at 9 a.m.