Jury trial set for accused murder suspect who left body in dumpster

(WISH Photo)
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NORTH VERNON, Ind. (WISH) – The jury trial is set to begin Monday for a man accused of murder in Jennings County.

Jovonnie Mayes is charged in the death of 52-year-old Richard Smith.

His alleged accomplice, Jody Brooks, was found guilty of murder and auto theft in January of 2016.

Brooks is serving a 62-year-old prison sentence.

Police in North Vernon said they found Smith in a dumpster in October 2014.

Jennings County prosecutors said Brooks and Mayes robbed and beat Smith before dumping his body.

Mayes is facing charges of murder, robbery, abusing a corpse, and two counts of auto theft.