Jessica Powers Kennedy being led to Monroe Co. Jail by Sheriff Bill Bivens and the TBI. Courtesy: The Advocate & Democrat
In court on Thursday, the judge said he would rule on Jessica Powers Kennedy's request that her confession be thrown out next week.
(July 26, 2012) A woman accused of murdering a Monroe County election administrator is asking a judge to throw out her confession.
60-year-old Jim Miller was killed in July 2010. His body was found in the trunk of his burned car along a remote road.
28-year-old Jessica Powers Kennedy is charged with murder, robbery, arson and abuse of a corpse in the case.
Wednesday, her defense team argued that she was intimidated into making a confession to the crime in November 2010.
They claim that Brandon Steele, a man who was with Kennedy the night Miller was killed, was housed in the jail with her and would yell threats at her every time she went to be interviewed by investigators.
Steele is not charged in connection with the case.
Kennedy had originally claimed that she saw the crime happening, but didn't actively participate.
The hearing will continue Thursday.