Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

Alex Jones speaks with the media outside of Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Jones is going to take the stand to testify in a trial in Connecticut over how much in damages he must pay for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax. (H John Voorhees III /Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones took the stand Thursday at his defamation trial in Connecticut as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay for promoting the lie that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

More than a dozen family members of some of the 20 children and six educators killed in the shooting also showed up to observe his testimony in Waterbury Superior Court, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away from Newtown.

Jones has been in Connecticut this week in preparation for his appearance. He held a news conference Wednesday outside the courthouse, bashing the proceedings — as he has on his Infowars show — as a “travesty of justice” and calling the judge a “tyrant.” He made similar comments on his way into the courthouse Thursday, indicating he may invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and not answer some questions.