Jury selection begins in trial of woman accused of killing her mother - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Jury selection begins in trial of woman accused of killing her mother

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Television cameras were not allowed inside the jury selection process Monday in the first degree murder trial of Noura Jackson, but in the chambers of Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft, an explosive trial is about to unfold.

On June 5, 2005, the then 18-year-old Jackson called 911 from her family's East Memphis home at New Haven and Mendenhall, saying she had found mother dead, stabbed more than 50 times.

Four months later, police charged Noura with her own mother's ghastly murder.

Jackson, now 20, has spent the past three years in jail awaiting trial under a $500,000 bond. 

It was clear Monday she had no family anywhere nearby.  The only people in or outside the courtroom were court staffers, potential jurors, a national TV show, and a book author.

Jackson wore a dark suit and sat slumped in her seat whispering with her attorneys, as both prosecutors and defense attorneys weeded through potential 60 jurors.

Because of the expected length of the trial, Craft added an extra alternate juror.  Potential jurors groaned when the judge told them they'd have to go home, pack and expect to be in sequester through next Wednesday.

Craft allowed the defense to enter a newspaper article into evidence, as some jurors said they heard about the case through media.

After jury selection, cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom.  Craft indicated jurors would even work Saturday, which is Valentines day.

Once the trial begins, stay with WMCTV.com for real-time coverage of the proceedings.  Reporter Nick Kenney will blog from inside the courtroom when opening arguments begin.

Click here to send an email to Nick Kenney.

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