Ex-Jackson teacher’s murder trial under way

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jury selection is under way in the capital murder trial of a former school teacher accused of killing a pregnant woman.

Circuit Judge William Chapman said Monday jury selection may take the better part of this week.

Twenty-eight-year-old Carla Hughes, former Jackson Public Schools teacher, is accused of killing 27-year-old Avis Banks and her unborn child on Nov. 29, 2006, in what police suspect was a love triangle involving Banks’ fiance.

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Chapman said testimony at the earliest would begin late this week and the trial should take at least a week or more.