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Mark Jones accepts plea deal during third day of jury deliberation

(Source: WTVM)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 9:20 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2021 at 10:43 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The third day of jury deliberation ended with suspended Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Mark Jones accepting a plea deal.

During the court appearance, Jones agreed to a plea deal to four out of nine counts in his indictment case.

When the jury left Friday, they were still hung on six of nine counts.

Those remaining counts were:

1. Influencing a witness

2. Attempted subornation of perjury

3. Violation of oath by public officer

5. Bribery

7. Attempted violation of oath by public officer

9. Violation of oath by public officer

Below is a list of live updates News Leader 9 provided during the third day of jury deliberation.

9:50 a.m. - Columbus attorney Bentley Adams has filed a motion to recuse the judge. Adams told the judge he is representing Jones; however, Jones said that is not the case.

9:54 a.m. - Adams said he had a conversation with Mark Jones over the weekend which made him think otherwise. The motion was withdrawn by Adams.

9:58 a.m. - A note from the jury indicates that they’ve reached a verdict on five of the nine counts.

10:15 a.m. - Mark Jones accepts plea deal. He plead guilty to four counts: 1, 6, 7, 9

  • Count 1: influencing witness
  • Count 6: attempted violation of oath of office (Sheneeka Terry)
  • Count 7: attempted violation of oath of office (Kimberly Schwartz)
  • Count 9: Attempted violation of oath of office (Chris Bailey)

10:29 a.m. Jones is taken into custody.

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