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Jury hung on six counts in trial of Mark Jones; deliberation resumes Monday

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 9:38 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2021 at 6:04 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The jury is hung on six of nine counts in the corruption trial of suspended District Attorney Mark Jones.

In the fifth day of the trial, jurors deliberated for several hours Friday morning and afternoon.

The jurors were able to reach a verdict on the following counts:

  • 4. Bribery
  • 6. Attempted violation of oath by public officer
  • 8. Influencing a witness

Find live updates of Friday’s trial below:

News Leader 9 will provide live updates below as the trial unfolds.

9:41 a.m. Jury has entered the courtroom

9:42 a.m. Jury is watching bodycam video of Mark Jones.

11:55 a.m. The jury has requested to listen to a phone call from Chris Bailey. They will break for lunch and return to the courtroom at 1:15 p.m.

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9:54 a.m. Jurors have finished watching the video. They are returning to the jury room to deliberate.

11:57 a.m. The jury has requested to listen to a phone call from Chris Bailey. They will break for lunch and return to the courtroom at 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m. The jurors are now listening to a phone call from Chris Bailey.

1:53 p.m. Jurors have returned to deliberate.

2:25 p.m. Jury sends a note to the judge asking, “What is the definition of influence?”

4:33 p.m. Jurors have reentered the courtroom.

4:35 p.m. Judge has Allen charged the jury, encouraging them to try harder to reach a verdict. The jury is hung on six of nine counts.

These are the counts in which the jury has reached a verdict:

  • 4. Bribery
  • 6. Attempted violation of oath by public officer
  • 8. Influencing a witness

The verdicts have not been announced.

5:32 p.m. Jurors told the judge they need more time to deliberate.

5:35 p.m. Jurors reenter the courtroom.

5:37 p.m. Judge announces the trial will resume Monday.

If a verdict is reached Monday, the judge has indicated she wants to do sentencing on that day.

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