JACKSON, Miss. — A lawyer for a man charged with killing a Catholic priest has filed a complaint that says his client can’t get a fair trial because of a television advertisement aired by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s successful re-election campaign.
The complaint, filed with the Mississippi Bar and obtained by The Associated Press, said the commercial tainted the prospective jury pool by referring to Jeremy Wayne Manieri as someone who “murdered a 70-year-old priest in cold blood.”
Manieri has been charged by police, but not indicted by a grand jury.
The complaint, dated Nov. 22 and signed by Manieri’s attorney, Brian Alexander of Bay St. Louis, says all people accused of crimes have the right to the presumption of innocence.