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Murder Trial Begins This Week

Jeffrey Smithson

The murder trial of a Manchester man gets underway this week in Coffee County Circuit Court. Jeffrey Smithson is accused of murdering his 81-year-old aunt Virginia White in her Ingram Place Apartment in Manchester. Her body was discovered in August of last year after neighbors reported not seeing her. She was found with panty hose wrapped around her neck, blood on her face and she had what turned out to be a blow to the back of her head. Smithson has been held in the Coffee County Jail under a $1 million bond since his arrest last year.