CALHOUN, Ga. — A Gordon County judge will now decide the next step for a man who was convicted of killing four people in 2004 and was ruled incompetent earlier today.
During earlier testimony, both the defense and prosecutions experts testified that Jerry Jones was mentally deteriorating and could no longer understand court proceedings.
Jones pleaded guilty in 2005 to the revenge killings of his daughter, his common-law wife’s parents and her sister in Ranger, Ga.
At the time, Jones’ defense said that he was competent enough to understand his decision.
In 2008, a jury trial sentenced Jones to death after weeks of testimony.
After today’s mental competency hearing, Judge Carey Nelson said he would issue an order next week to decide whether Jones should be placed on medication or given further testing to know how to treat his psychotic illness.
The hearing was necessary before going forward with the motion for a new trial.
For complete details see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...