The second suspect in a 2016 rape and assault in the Cotton District is scheduled to go to trial as Oktibbeha County’s January circuit court term begins this week.
Jerry Lee Tally, 32 of McCool, is facing robbery, kidnapping and sexual battery charges from a May 2016 incident where he and 44-year-old Terry Hill are broke into the Cotton District home of a Mississippi State University student.
According to witness testimony in Hill’s trial, he and Talley raped one student and robbed another before forcing both victims into the home’s bathroom. According to court documents, a male victim was bound with shoelaces and was robbed of an iPhone during the incident.
Hill, of West Point, was convicted in August 2017 and sentenced to 105 years in prison. Hill’s sentence was later extended to 110 years after he escaped from the Oktibbeha County Jail in August 2017, about one week after 16th Circuit Judge Lee Coleman sentenced him.
Hill was apprehended in Chickasaw County less than 24 hours after his escape.
Talley’s case was expected to go to trial last year before facing a last-minute delay. His trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection today, according to the court docket, and both Circuit Clerk Tony Rook and District Attorney Scott Colom told The Dispatch last week they expect Talley’s case to move to trial.
Talley’s case will go before Coleman.
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