Jury Pool Summoned to Court

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The Edgar Ray Killen civil rights murder trial is expected to be one of the biggest in state history.

Now, a couple of hundred Neshoba Countians have learned they may be a part of it. Jury summons have been mailed.

Two hundred fifty potential jurors will receive summons to appear in court on June 13. Of those, 12 jurors and four alternates will be chosen.

Judge Marcus Gordon has also taken the unusual step of asking jurors to fill out a questionnaire about the case a month before it actually begins.

"The hope is that by giving the attorneys for both sides a chance to review these questionnaires, it will cut down on the amount of time voir dire would take," said circuit clerk Patti Duncan Lee.

Jurors have until Monday to get those questionnaires back to the judge. On Tuesday, Judge Gordon will decide whether or not more summons need to be sent.