Local Jury to Hear Coast Capital Murder Case

A Lauderdale County jury will hear the capital murder case against a defendant in Jackson County.

Prosecutors and defense counsel for Terry Hye, Jr., began the process of selecting twelve people and alternates to hear the case on the coast.

Hye is accused of participating in the killing Michael David Porter in 2008 when the Hattiesburg man stopped for directions in Pascagoula.

"We're here to pick a jury. Venue was changed because of the pre-trial publicity in Jackson County," said Jackson County district attorney, Tony Lawrence. "So we're here to pick a jury and try the case. We all agreed to it, because we had already tried one of the individuals charged and this was, required extensive pre-trial publicity. This required changing the venue."

Three other defendants face trial in porter's death.

The triggerman, Darwin Wells, Jr., has already been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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