Judge to decide next step for man convicted in quadruple murders in Ranger, Ga.

Judge to decide next step for man convicted in quadruple murders in Ranger, Ga.

December 2nd, 2011 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

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.