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Jury selection set for double capital murder trial

Jury selection has been scheduled for the upcoming trial of the man accused of killing Brookhaven police officers Zach Moak and James White in 2018.

Special Judge Richard W. “Dickey” McKenzie, appointed to the case by the Mississippi Supreme Court in July 2020, told those present at Tuesday morning’s hearing that a jury will be selected from Lafayette County beginning Nov. 8 for the capital murder trial of Marquis A. Flowers.

Flowers was charged in December 2018 with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of Moak and White, who were killed at a residence on North Sixth Street, Brookhaven, in the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 2018.

Flowers was also charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Flowers, dressed in a bright yellow Rankin County Jail jump suit, was escorted into the Lincoln County Jail and 14th Circuit Court courtroom by jailers and Lincoln County deputies. The only observers present in the courtroom galley were members of the victims’ families.

McKenzie stated for the record that he had met with both the defense and prosecution teams — defense attorney Kelsey Rushing and his assistant, and District Attorney Dee Bates and Assistant District Attorney Brendon Adams — in chambers and discussed possible venues and dates for jury selection. With the results of that meeting announced, the judge informed the court that the location of the trial would be within the 14th Circuit Court district beginning in November, either at the Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia or the Lincoln County courtroom in Brookhaven, depending upon COVID restrictions and space needed. The final determination will be made closer to the trial date.

After a mere four minutes in open court, with nothing to add from either legal team, Flowers was escorted out and court was dismissed.

To find out more, read the original story and the accused’s first appearance in court.