Day 4: Closing arguments end, jury deliberation begins in Mark Jones trial
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - We’re into day four of the trial for suspended Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones.
After hearing from an expert witness Thursday morning, jurors heard closing arguments from Jones’ attorney and the State of Georgia.
Jones is facing 9 felony counts which include bribery and influencing a witness.
Below is a livestream of closing arguments:
Here are live updates from Day 4 of the trial:
8:55 a.m. - Chris Breault’s lawyer, Bentley Adams, is in court speaking to Judge Katherine Lumsden about giving Breault a bond.
9:12 a.m. Judge gives Breault a $5,000 bond. “He needs to be far away from the rest of these proceedings.”
9:24 a.m. Attorney Katie Powers is on the witness stand.
9:32 a.m. Powers: Several statements from bodycam were threats.
9:34 a.m. Powers: If you’ve got a conflict, notify everyone you have a conflict and stop the motion.
9:36 a.m. Powers: It’s a violation of the oath of office to offer money for a conviction.
9:37 a.m. Powers: When you’re offering money to lawyers for convictions, it’s certainly a problem.
9:38 a.m. Powers says she reviewed messages that were not lawful payments. She says she reviewed messages show $1,000 was offered for a conviction.
9:41 a.m. Powers: Incentive-based compensation is not lawful compensation.
9:44: a.m. Powers recalls more statements from bodycam video.
9:47 a.m. Powers: Jones said in bodycam, “Are you going to back me up or not?”
9:47 a.m. Powers: You can’t ask for evidence to be changed.
9:49 a.m. Powers: It is not ethically appropriate to ask an officer to lie under oath.
9:51 a.m. Jones’ attorney, Katonga Wright, is cross-examining the witness.
9:53 a.m. Powers says she took issue with Jones saying, “The victim’s family texts and calls me everyday”.
9:55 a.m. Powers: Jones seemed firm when he pressured the corporal to change his testimony.
9:58 a.m. The state objects over testimony from Jones’ attorney.
10:01 a.m. Powers: I believe Mr. Jones over the words that he stated.
10:03 a.m. Powers: The laws of incentive-based pay are universal.
10:06 a.m. Powers: The offer of money is inappropriate.
10:13 a.m. Powers: I would not categorize Mr. Jones as a “baby DA”.
10:14 a.m. Powers says she she considers recently-graduated law students as “babies”.
10:20 a.m. Powers: Monetary incentives are not appropriate.
10:22 a.m. Powers: I know what I heard. I can’t tell you what anyone else testified to me.
10:23 a.m. Powers: I’m here to render my opinion based on my professional experience.
10:26 a.m. The witness has been excused.
10:26 a.m. Jurors have left the courtroom.
10:31 a.m. Court is recess.
10:46 a.m. Jurors have reentered the courtroom.
10:48 a.m. Jurors have been been excused for lunch.
10:48 a.m. Closing arguments will begin at 1:30 p.m.
10:53 a.m. Jones attorney: State has failed to meet their burden of proof.
11:01 a.m. State attorney: Jones offered monetary incentives on more than one occasion.
1:30 p.m. Closing arguments are now expected to begin at 2 p.m.
2:35 p.m. Jury has reentered the courtroom.
2:37 p.m. Jones’ attorney is speaking to jurors about the charges brought on by the state.
2:40 p.m. “If you have to jump to conclusions, there is doubt,” said Wright, attorney for Mark Jones.
2:43 p.m. Jones’ attorney is going over the charges against him.
2:45 p.m. Jones attorney: There is no evidence that my client committed anything on July 7.
2:48 p.m. Jones attorney: My client was set up to make him look bad.
2:52 p.m. “Mr. Hayes wants to convince you that Mr. Jones doesn’t know how to evaluate a case,” said Wright.
2:52 p.m. “Officer Hayes was totally biased against my client,” said Wright.
2:53 p.m. Jones’ attorney: There is no evidence that my client made a threat.
3:00 p.m. Jones’ attorney: Jones was new to the job. No one told him he couldn’t incentivize employees.
3:03 p.m. Jones’ attorney: Kimberly Schwartz’s testimony is not credible.
3:07 p.m. Jones’ attorney: Bailey was waiting on an opportunity.
3:14 p.m. Jones’ attorney to jury: The state brought additional witnesses to confuse you.
3:17 pm. Jones’ attorney: You’ve heard some profanity and unprofessionalism, but Mr. Jones did not have the intent to commit a crime.
3:19 p.m. “They have failed,” Wright proclaimed.
3:20 p.m. “If the facts don’t fit, you must acquit Mr. Jones,” said Wright, attorney for Mark Jones.
3:20 p.m. Jurors have been excused.
3:21 p.m. Court is in recess.
3:22 p.m. The jurors will hear closing arguments from the state next.
3:36 p.m. Jurors have reentered the courtroom.
3:37 p.m. Closing arguments are underway from the State of Georgia.
3:41 p.m. State: If you influence someone to change their testimony, that is a crime.
3:45 p.m. State: You can convict without text messages.
3:47 p.m. State: Chris Breault is a lack of interest. Breault wants his friend to get off of the charges.
3:50 p.m. State: Jones’ only defense is that what he did was legal.
3:51 p.m. State: The state does not have to prove the date of the crime.
3:56 p.m. State: All you have to do is offer to commit bribery.
4:01 p.m. State: Mark Jones got what he wanted.
4:04 p.m. State: If Mark Jones didn’t do anything wrong, why would he say, “I’m kidding” in bodycam video?
4:08 p.m. State: Mark Jones became the district attorney and broke the law.
4:14 p.m. State: Justice can’t be bought, sold, or traded for.
4:15 p.m. State has rested its case against Mark Jones.
4:21 p.m. The judge is reviewing the counts against Jones with the jurors.
4:44 p.m. Jurors have retired to the deliberation room.
6:06 p.m. Jurors have reentered the courtroom.
6:08 p.m. Jurors alerted the judge that they want to review bodycam video.
The trial is set to resume Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Below is a livestream of Day 4′s witness testimony.
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