Jury selection begins in Jeffrey Scott trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Jury selection begins in Jeffrey Scott trial

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Jeffrey Scott, a Cordova man accused of beating to death his wife Ashley, a popular Bolton High School teacher, on Thanksgiving Day in 2006.

Click here to read Nick Kenney's blog of the first day of jury selection.

Jeffrey Scott left the courtroom Monday without commenting.

"He's not going to talk," Scott's attorney, Leslie Ballin, said. "It's been a long day.  I'm not going to comment either."

While Jeffrey Scott was leaving the courtroom, Ashley Scott's father and sister were arriving in Memphis from Louisiana, preparing to view the trial of the man who is accused of murdering their daughter and sister.

For the last two weeks, I've been trying to get prepared," Ashley's father, Jim Pittman, said. "I couldn't sleep at night. My wife worried.  She was up at 5 o'clock this morning, scared for me to come up here 'cause she knew I was going to have a hard time.

Pittman, talking from his hotel room, said it will be hard to sit in the courtroom with Jeffrey Scott.

"I could jump over those court rails," he said. "It ain't no telling what I'm liable to do."

Pittman said he is also very apprehensive about what he will hear during the trial.

"I'm scared for myself," he said. "I'm scared of what I'm going to hear, and to go up there and sit with all of those people telling the world about my daughter."

Pittman said he fears the defense will drag his daughter through the mud.  He said he has been warned by prosecutors he may not want to see photos of his daughter taken after she was beaten in her Cordova home on Thanksgiving Day.

"I don't know how I'm going to take it," he said.

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