New pool of jurors required to continue Chris Jones trial

Jury selection begins in first-degree murder trial

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Defense attorneys asked a judge for a new juror pool in the trial against a man accused of killing his estranged wife.

At around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Judge Bobby Carter dismissed court after a self-admitted mistake.

Carter explained the charges against defendant Chris Jones, who is accused of killing his estranged wife Heather Palumbo-Jones after an argument. After explaining the charges, Carter told jurors that those charges are punishable with life in prison.

The defense pointed to a state statute that says judges are not allowed to tell the jury about the possible punishment for a crime. Attorneys then threatened to call for a mistrial if the juror pool was not refreshed. The judge and prosecution agreed.

The new panel of jurors are set to arrive Tuesday at 9 a.m. The jury is expected to be selected by noon.

When Heather first went missing in April 2013, Chris Jones spoke to WMC Action News 5 cameras and even participated in the search.

"I love that woman more than anything. There's no way I have ever put my hands on her," he said. "I've been looking for her around the city, trying to retrace the steps that she might take. I've been doing everything that I possibly can."

Jones was arrested for the crime just a few weeks later. Investigators say that he eventually confessed to the crime, then led them to her badly burned body.

Friends say the couple began arguing after Heather started to lose weight.

Jones repeatedly denied a plea deal in the past and instead, asked to go to trial.

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