January 17, 2023

Jury selection begins in trial of accused killers of missing couple in Quitman County

Therese Apel

Jury selection began Tuesday morning in a case that has held Quitman County hostage since Will Polk and April Jones disappeared in October of 2019.

The trial is expected to last at least the rest of the week, with Tuesday being jury selection and Wednesday launching into testimony.

Polk and Jones went missing in October 2019, and their disappearance was widely disregarded by local law enforcement. When the families finally put together a search party because there had not been one initiated by law enforcement, they found clothing and shoes belonging to the victims. Some of that evidence was lost when an investigator allegedly took it to his home instead of putting it into evidence.

Some of Polk’s remains were found, including his severed head, after the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation got involved and began to question witnesses. Nothing was ever found of Jones, who was believed by family members and friends to be pregnant.

Keith Coleman, AKA “K2,” was indicted on several charges including two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of first degree murder with a firearm enhancement, two counts of desecration of a human corpse, and separately, felony escape from when he fled the jail and went on the run.

Jayme Lynn Tubbs faces two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of desecration of a human corpse.


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