Arrest warrants issued for D.A. candidate Mark Jones

Updated: May. 26, 2020 at 3:01 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - One of two candidates for District Attorney of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit now has warrants for his arrest.

Columbus police are searching for Mark Jones, 38, after an incident over the weekend at the Columbus Civic Center.

After a controversy surrounding his campaign video, which investigators say ended with damage to government property, Columbus Police announced Tuesday they were looking to arrest Mark Jones, a candidate for district attorney.

News Leader 9's Samantha Serbin was scheduled to meet with Jones Tuesday morning to hear his side of the story but he canceled.

Two men have already been arrested after investigators say they participated in Jones’ campaign music video and did wheelies in the Civic Center Parking lot. The video was posted on social media, as Jones is running to be the next district attorney.

WTVM News Leader 9 spoke with current District Attorney Julia Slater Tuesday morning before police announced their arrest warrants for Jones.

When asked if he could face criminal charges, Slater said “that would be completely up to the police department in this case. I’ve said many times in my career that they don’t tell me how to prosecute cases and I don’t tell me how to arrest.” Slater later added, “and so the only decision I’ve made is we have a conflict on this case and I’m removing myself from the case today through the attorney general’s office so they can appoint another prosecutor to the case.”

Columbus police allege Jones put the general public in “danger” when filming this video and are asking the public for their help finding him.

Jones is currently looking to unseat current District Attorney Julia Slater in the June 9 election.

Anyone who sees Jones or has information on his whereabouts is asked to contact CPD at 706-641-5993.

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