JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jury selection began Tuesday in the Stanley Cole murder trial. The 26-year-old is charged with the 2007 death of then 20-year-old Jackson State student Latasha Norman.
Cole was arrested on murder charges more than two weeks after Latasha vanished from the JSU campus on November 13th of 2007.
The story gained national attention after local law enforcement joined an intense search for the delta native.
Cole was Latasha's ex-boyfriend at the time. She was last seen leaving campus with him.
Stanley Cole was questioned in her disappearance, but never eluded to authorities that he was involved.
Cole did have motive and a history of violence. Just days before Latasha disappeared, she filed assault charges against him after he struck her at a Pearl restaurant.
Stanley Cole finally admitted involvement in her death, leading investigators to her body in a north Jackson field. She had been stabbed multiple times.
If found guilty, Stanley Cole could face life in prison.
Jurors have been told to return to the Hinds county courthouse at 12:30 Wednesday to continue jury selection.
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