Going through the death penalty, Michael Wayne Jones has pleaded responsible to killing his spouse and their 4 kids.
The 41-year-old Summerfield man was charged with first-degree homicide for every of the kids, whereas given a second-degree cost for his spouse, Casei Jones.
Background of Jones’ case
Jones was arrested in Brantley County, Georgia, in September 2019 after a single-vehicle crash. He advised legislation enforcement officers that his spouse’s physique was contained in the car he was driving.
He then took Georgia and Marion County Sheriff’s Workplace detectives to the kids’s our bodies.
When he was interviewed by sheriff’s detectives, Jones admitted to killing his spouse with a metallic baseball bat by hitting her repeatedly. Detectives stated Jones then admitted to the killing of the couple’s 4 kids: Cameron Bowers, 8; Preston Bowers, 4; Mercalli Jones, 2; and her 11-month-old sister, Aiyana Jones.
The 2 women had been Jones’. The 2 boys had been his spouse’s from one other relationship, authorities stated.
Sheriff’s officers stated Jones drowned or strangled the kids to dying at completely different occasions on separate days.
Detectives consider the victims had been killed between July 10 and the tip of August 2019. Legislation enforcement officers stated the our bodies of the kids had been saved in totes and a suitcase.
Why Jones is pleading responsible
With the plea, prosecutors stated as an alternative of getting a trial, the following step is the penalty section the place a jury of 12 individuals would decide whether or not Jones spends the remainder of his life behind bars or is put to dying.
Assistant State Attorneys Amy Berndt and Rich Buxman are prosecuting the case for the State Legal professional’s Workplace.
Spivey, Jones’ lawyer, advised the Star-Banner that Jones made the plea as a result of he desires to take accountability for his actions. The lawyer stated Jones made two confessions, one to Georgia authorities and the opposite to native detectives.
The protection lawyer stated Jones, whose courtroom appearances have been few and much between since his 2019 incarceration, can also be taking remedy whereas on the Marion County Jail.
Avoiding the dying penalty
Jury choice for the case is predicted to start out on Dec. 5 and is predicted to final two or three days.
Jones’ lawyer expects to ship his protection the primary week of January, which can embody 18 witnesses, seven specialists and a crew of medical professionals.
If the jury decides to present Jones the dying penalty, the choice should be unanimous. A separate listening to would then be held for either side to make their arguments earlier than a decide makes the final word resolution.
As of Wednesday, 302 individuals — solely three of whom are ladies — are at the moment on the state’s dying row, in accordance with the Division of Corrections web site. Marion County has 5 of these inmates.
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