Mark Jones Trial Day 5: Updates from inside courtroom

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6:10 p.m. — The jury has reached a verdict on three of the nine counts in the public corruption trial of suspended Muscogee County District Attorney Mark Jones. But those verdicts will not be known until Monday.

The jury was just dismissed and will be back Monday morning to try to reach verdicts on the other six counts.

The three counts the jury has reached verdicts on include two that involve Chief Assistant District Attorney Sheneka Terry.

Jones was accused of offering Terry $1,000 as an incentive for a murder conviction.

The state contended that violated both their public oath and the law.

The other count in which a verdict has been reached involves the family member of a homicide victim.

In a 30-minute taped conversation, Jones told Chris Bailey that, “he was the best friend he had,” and if he did not withdraw an adverse court motion, he would have to consider other options in prosecuting the case.

Judge Lumsden told the court that she was not telegraphing anything and reminded the jury not to read it one way or the other. She says if there are guilty verdicts, she will do the sentencing on Monday.

If convicted on any of the felony charges against him, Jones would be removed from office.

4:10 p.m. — The jury has sent another question to Judge Lumsden as deliberations are approaching six hours.

They have reached a verdict on three counts. They are divided almost evenly on the remaining counts.

2:20 p.m. — Jury has sent another question to Judge Lumsden.

The jury has asked the judge for the definition of influence. She has said there is no legal definition for it, the judge said.

She sent a note back saying they must rely on the legal charge and instructions she gave them.

1:25 p.m. — The jury is back in the Government Center. They are listening to the Chris Bailey-Mark Jones audio type.

11:55 a.m. –– The jury has taken a break for lunch. They have been deliberating for about three and a half hours.

The jury has asked Judge Lumsden to listen to the 30-minute audiotape between Mark Jones and Chris Bailey. That deals with an influencing charge and Counts 8 and 9 in the indictment.

9:35: a.m. — Jury deliberations have restarted in the public corruption trial of suspended Muscogee County District Attorney Mark Jones.

The jury is about to come back into the courtroom. They have requested to see the video between Mark Jones and Columbus Police Cpl. Sherman Hayes that is at the centerpiece of the state’s case against Jones.

In the profanity-laced 10-minute video the state maintains that Jones asked Hayes to lie under oath to upgrade an involuntary manslaughter charge against defendant Elijah Farral to murder, a more serious crime that would come with at least 30 years in state prison if convicted.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – The jury delivering the fate of embattled District Attorney Mark Jones broke for the night just after 6 p.m., Thursday Nov. 11.

They deliberated for an hour and 20 minutes before sending Judge Katherine Lumsden a note saying they were tired and ready to go home. The jury asked to re-watch video tape evidence of Jones’ and Columbus Police Corporal Sherman Hayes, that tape is at the center of the state’s case.

The jury will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning, Nov. 12 and Lumsden said she would replay the 10 minute video.

News 3 will continue to provide updates here from inside the courtroom.

In the mean time, readers can catch up on this case by reading below:

11/10/2021 – Attorney Chris Breault held in criminal contempt of court in DA Mark Jones’ public corruption trial

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11/09/2021 – Day 2 suspended DA Mark Jones’ public corruption trial

11/08/2021 – Live updates from the courtroom: Public corruption trial of suspended DA Mark Jones starts this morning in Muscogee County Superior Court

11/07/2021 – A recap of suspended DA Mark Jones legal troubles as state prepares to prosecute him Monday in public corruption trial

10/25/2001 — Attorney Chris Breault dismissed by judge in DA Mark Jones’ criminal case

10/22/2021 – Office manager for Muscogee County District Attorney suspended, tells News 3 she plans to resign

10/21/2021 – Judge weighing decision on whether to remove embattled DA Mark Jones’ criminal defense attorney

10/19/2021 – State asks judge to remove Chris Breault as DA Mark Jones’ criminal defense attorney

10/13/2021 – New prosecution allegations in suspended DA Mark Jones case raise questions about cocaine use

10/12/2021 – Chris Breault representing suspended District Attorney Mark Jones in criminal case

10/08/2021 – State claims embattled DA Mark Jones had issues at a downtown bar before he allegedly asked cop to lie under oath

10/07/2021 – Prosecutor includes ‘illegal drugs’ restriction in bond modification motion for suspended DA Mark Jones

10/04/2021 – Governor suspends embattled District Attorney Mark Jones

9/16/2021 – DA Mark Jones’ indictment: He’s accused of asking a police officer to lie so charge could be upgraded to murder

09/07/2021 – News 3 interviews D.A. Mark Jones on his way out of jail

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