Murder Trial

The trial of Neshoba County businessman, William Dewayne Savell, was set to begin Monday in circuit court. However, it did not due to Hurricane Ivan. Last week's storm caused delays on choosing a jury.

In order to ensure a fair trial, a jury from Covington County is being chosen to hear the case. Since the jury selection had to be postponed, it will begin Tuesday in Collins followed by the trial in Philadelphia.

Savell is charged with the murder of 23-year-old substitute teacher, Mandy Davis. Last year she was reported missing on September 10 and was found dead eight days later in a shallow pond.

Thirty-five-year-old William Savell is thought to be the last person to have seen Davis alive. According to authorities, before disappearing she took her car to Savell's Body Shop in the Hopewell Community. Savell told police that Mandy was picked up after she dropped off her car.

The trial is set to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Neshoba County Circuit Court. If things go as expected, officials tell us that the trial will likely take a few days.


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