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Smiths man charged with murder appears in court

March 25, 2009

By Chris Vessell bio | email

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A Smiths Station man charged in the capital murder of a 14-month-old baby made his first court appearance on Wednesday. Kenneth Jones Jr, age 24, is charged with capital murder of a child.

"It's all a big mix up, a big mistake," Nathan Flurry, a step brother said. The family of the defendant is claiming he's innocent. The 14-month-old baby of Jones girlfriend was pronounced dead at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital shortly after 10:30 A.M. on Sunday morning.

According to the affidavit, Dr. Stephen Boudreau, State Department of Forensics, called the Lee County Coroner on Monday.  Boudreau "advised him that {the baby} had been murdered by severe blunt force head trauma in multiple locations. Dr. Boudreau also stated that the head trauma was caused approximately two hours before death".

"I've seen him with his kids, I've seen him with his ex-girlfriend. He's great with kids. I don't see whatsoever how he could have possibly done this intentionally," Flurry said. The step brother of Jones says the injuries were the result of an accident, but according to the affidavit "Kenneth Jones gave a rights advised statement admitting to throwing {the baby} into the corner of the sofa and hearing a 'klunk sound that sounded like {the baby's} head or back hit the wooden part of the sofa'."

Inside the courtroom on Wednesday, Jones' rights were read and he was appointed an attorney. Outside the courtroom, the defendant's family was pleading his case for him. "We're scared, extremely. It's not because of the fact we think he's guilty. It's the fact of the way the jury is going to look at it with the way everybody has put a bad reputation on him," Jones' step-brother said.

A judge has not been appointed to the case. Kenneth Jones Jr. has yet to plea guilty or not guilty.

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