COFFEEVILLE – The murder trial for a man accused of gunning down his sister-in-law will continue for a third day Wednesday. Jermaine Crump was charged with murder after allegedly shooting Crystal Crump multiple times at a residence outside Coffeeville in November, 2012. Crystal Crump was married to Jermaine’s brother and the two brothers shared ownership of the residence where the shooting occurred.
The trial got underway Monday at the Coffeeville courthouse and the jury selection set the tone for an intense scene as the defendant objected to multiple selections before 12 jurors, seven whites and five African-Americans, were seated along with two alternates. Testimony started late Monday as the first witness took the stand before Circuit Judge Smith Murphey recessed court around 5:30.
“Monday was a very intense day, picking and seating the jury,” Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney told the Herald. Burney’s office sent jury summons to over 200 jurors in the First Judicial District to ensure an adequate jury pool. Crump is represented by Corinth attorney Randolph.
The trial resumed at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning with Assistant District Attorney Steve Judera calling four witnesses before the lunch recess. At press time Tuesday Burney said the defense could rest on Wednesday, sending the case to the jurors for deliberation.