Drug trial verdict expected today

Friday, January 10, 2014

By Jessica Moore

Staff Writer

Jury selection began yesterday for the trial of Marcus Cox Jr.

Cox was 19 years old when he was indicted in October 2012, charged with possession with intent to sell marijuana and cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine, simple possession of Lortabs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On June 26 that year, agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force searched Cox's home and found more than half a pound of marijuana, less than 0.5 grams of crack cocaine, three Lortabs, digital scales, and a Hi-Point 9 mm. handgun, according to the warrant written by DTF Assistant Director Tim Miller.

"Cox is known to be involved in the illegal drug trade," Miller added.

Cox's name was also mentioned during the Jerron Braden trial, but no charges have been filed against him in connectin with the murder of Penny Coyle.

Cox is being represented by attorney James R. Tucker Jr. of Shelbyville, and the main prosecutor is Assistant District Attorney Eddie Barnard. The judge is Forrest A. Durard Jr.

The trial began as the Tribune went to press. It is expected to be finished today.

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