- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A trial begins Monday for a political blogger accused of taking an unauthorized video U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s late wife when she was in a nursing home, bedridden with dementia.

Clayton Kelly, a 29-year-old Pearl resident, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, attempted burglary and burglary.

Defense attorney Kevin Camp says a judge will hear motions before jury selection begins in Canton, including one seeking to dismiss the charges.

Images of Rose Cochran appeared online briefly during the 2014 election, when Cochran was in a tough Republican primary. Investigators say Kelly was one of several people who conspired to produce the video contending Cochran was having an affair.

The Cochran campaign said the senator was not involved in an improper relationship.

Rose Cochran died in December. Thad Cochran last month married a long-time aide.



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