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Jerry Jones Sentenced to Death in 2004 Ga Quadruple Murder
« on: April 14, 2008, 12:21:41 PM »
CALHOUN, Ga. -- Sentencing will begin Monday in Gordon County for confessed killer Jerry Jones.

Jones has pleaded guilty to the 2004 murders of Jerri Jones, Georgia Bradley, and Tom and Nola Blaylock.

Jones could face the death penalty.

The judge in the case said last week that the sentencing phase could go at least a month.

In January 2004, Jones entered the Blaylock home near Ranger, Ga., and killed Tom and Nola Blaylock, the stepfather and mother of former girlfriend Melissa Peeler.

Jones also killed Georgia Bradley, Melissa’s sister, and his own 10-month-old daughter.

Jones also kidnapped Peeler’s three children, including Brandy Jones, who is his daughter. Police chased Jones into a suburb of Chattanooga, where he crashed and tried to commit suicide by shooting himself. The three children were not hurt.

Jones was later indicted on 22 charges, including four counts of malice murder and cruelty to children.

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Even if I´m not a friend of suicide, i think it would have been better if police let commit him suicide. it´ll take so much time (and money) until the sentence (he hopefuly recieves) is carried out.

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Michael, I think some of the people think the same way  ;D.

Jurors to decide fate of murderer

The prevailing opinion around the Gordon County Courthouse is police should have let murderer Jerry Jones die.

It seems almost everyone in this county of just over 50,000 knows what Jones did. And they know he admitted to it: shooting his ex-girlfriend's parents, strangling her aunt and their 10-month-old daughter and then kidnapping his ex-girlfriend's other three daughters — then ages 10, 4 and 3 — from a mobile home in Ranger.

When police cornered him the next day in Chattanooga, Jones shot himself in the jaw while the girls watched. His face remains disfigured.

This kind of crime is unlike anything experienced before in the county 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, and the details of the Jan. 7, 2004 murders have stuck in residents' memories.

"I don't know how you find a jury. Everybody's made their minds up. They know what they want to do," said Bryan Phipps, who was working at TJ's Office Supply just a few yards from the Gordon County Courthouse steps.

"Most of the people I hear talking about it say they should have let him kill himself," adds Tracy Thompson, another office supply worker. "Most people say it [the trial] is a waste of money."

The attorneys on both sides believe they will find Gordon County jurors.

The defense — not the prosecution — can ask that a trial be moved, but defense attorney Jack Martin said a change in venue was not needed. "We believe we can get a fair trial in Gordon County," Martin said.

Gordon County District Attorney Joe Campbell said he doesn't believe memories of the events are that fresh. "The passage of time has allowed us to be where we are," Campbell said Saturday. "I believe we're close to getting a jury. Maybe by Wednesday or Thursday.

Because Jones already has pleaded guilty to the four murders, the trial will only determine his punishment — which could be death.

2 years ago, Jones pleaded guilty to 16 felonies connected to the murders, but he did so without any agreement that prosecutors would not seek his execution. He now faces a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole, life without parole or death.

By the end of the court session on Saturday, 44 people had been "death penalty qualified," meaning they do not have hard and fast opinions on capital punishment or on this case, so they are eligible to serve.

The goal is a pool of 60 death-qualified prospective jurors from which 12 jurors and four alternates will be chosen. About two dozen prospective jurors may be questioned Monday, and then the 60 in the pool will be questioned again.

Every prospective juror questioned by attorneys said they remembered something about the murders and kidnappings.

The attorneys worked to soften the positions of those who had already formed opinions on the case. Some prospective jurors promised to keep open minds.

Many said they could not.

First, Judge Carey Nelson asked them the same questions: Did they know the victims or the defendants? Were they opposed to the death penalty? Did they believe death was the only punishment option?

Most jurors were measured in their responses, pausing even if the answer was "yes" or "no."

Juror No. 92 said he was solidly opposed to the death penalty. He is Catholic.

He was excused. "The evidence would have to change his beliefs before he votes for the death penalty," the judge said.

Juror No. 94 admitted he wrote in his juror's questionnaire that Jones' crimes were the kind of "cold blooded murders someone should get the death penalty for." He also said he would consider a sentence of life without parole, though he thinks it's "cruel." He remained in the pool.

Juror No. 116 crossed his arms when he was asked about one of his answers on the questionnaire: "Mr. Jones should meet his maker." He also wrote the death penalty was appropriate in the Jones case, based on what he knew from media accounts.

Could his mind be changed? the judge and the attorneys asked several times.

No, he said.

Juror No. 116 was excused.

Juror No. 111 said the "death penalty is the only punishment" for someone who commits a crime like this one, based on media accounts from four years ago. But she also wrote in her questionnaire that "life, living with the guilt, is sometimes more punishment than death."

"So, at this point, you are a blank slate. Would you agree with that," asked Lalaine Briones of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

With raise eyebrows and a bemused look, the juror answered, "yes."

What did she know about the case, defense attorney Boyd Young asked?

"It is a horrendous crime," the juror said. "Anything of this magnitude, in a small town like this, everybody's heard."

Juror No. 111 remained in the pool.

(source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)


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CALHOUN, Ga. -- A murderer facing the death penalty after killing four people stunned a courtroom with strange allegations against an ex-girlfriend.

Jerry Jones marched to his own defense team to deliver a bizarre message. “That’s what kicked this whole case off. Melissa Peeler is a serial killer,” Jones said.

Peeler is Jones’ ex-girlfriend and mother of his three children.

"Me and her have killed together, we're going to jail together," Jones continued.

Peeler's desire to break up, Jones has admitted, is what set off his murder spree.

Earlier Thursday, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified that a man who pleaded guilty to killing his infant daughter and three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives was motivated by revenge.

Jones has pleaded guilty to the January 2004, killings of Tom and Nola Blaylock, their daughter Georgia Mae Bradley and Jones' daughter, 10-month-old Jerri Jones.

GBI agent James Harris said he questioned Jones at a hospital two days after his arrest. At the time, Jones was unable to talk because of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and wrote down brief responses.

Harris said that when asked if he committed the killings, Jones wrote "Yes, uh huh."

When asked why he killed the infant, Harris said Jones wrote "revenge" across the page.

Revenge against Peeler, who tearfully told jurors that Jones had sent her letters from jail detailing the killings -- trying, in her words, to degrade her.

The Blaylocks, who were shot, were the mother and stepfather of Peeler. Bradley, Peeler's sister, and the infant were strangled with a cord.

Authorities say that after the killings, Jones fled with Peeler's three surviving children -- two of them his own -- and fled just over the state line into Tennessee, where he was caught after a car chase the next night. He shot himself in the face and spent months in a prison hospital. The three children were found unharmed.

Peeler was not asked anything about being a serial killer in court.
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I think he's pretty much toast.

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Hopefuly you´re right Jeff.

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Re: Jerry Jones Sentenced to Death in 2004 Ga Quadruple Murder
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008, 11:42:45 AM »
By RHONDA COOK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 05/02/08
 
A Gordon county juror deliberated about four hours over two days to decide that Jerry Jones should die for killing his former girlfriend's parents, sister and their 10-month old daughter.

Jones had pleaded guilty about year after the January 2004 murders but he had to be tried before a jury because Gordon County District Attorney Joe Campbell was seeking the death penalty.

The jury deliberated for about an hour on Thursday and three hours more on Friday before coming back with its decision.

Jones told police he killed Tommy and Nola Blaylock, ages 59 and 61, Georgia Bradley, 34, and Jerri Jones, his infant daughter with former girlfriend Melissa Peeler, to get back at his ex-sweetheart because she was leaving him.

Peeler, a truck driver, was in Oregon meeting with a prospective driving partner when Jones called her to tell her he had killed her family and had also taken her three daughters, two of them also his. He was caught the next day near Chattanooga, where he shot himself in the jaw while the girls watched.
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That didn't take long.

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Re: Jerry Jones Sentenced to Death in 2004 Ga Quadruple Murder
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 09:02:07 AM »
CALHOUN, Ga. -- A jury said Friday that Jerry Jones should be put to death for the killings of his infant daughter and three of his ex-girlfriend's relatives in Ranger in northwest Georgia.

Jones pleaded guilty to murder in the January 2004 killings of Tom and Nola Blaylock, their daughter Georgia Mae Bradley, and Jones' daughter, 10-month-old Jerri Jones.

Authorities said that after the killings, Jones fled with Melissa Peeler's three surviving children, two of them his own, and fled over the state line into East Ridge, Tenn., a suburb of Chattanooga.

The three children were found unharmed. Jones lead police on a 19-hour manhunt that ended in a car crash after a police chase through a Chattanooga, Tenn., suburb.

Just before he was arrested, Jones shot off the lower portion of his face in a botched suicide attempt. The gunshot wound left his faced disfigured.

He spent months in a prison hospital, where he had to write out his interviews with law enforcement agents investigating the killings because he was unable to talk at the time.

The jury reached its verdict after six hours of deliberation over two days.

The nearly three-week sentencing trial was delayed for years by attorneys' motions and appeals, including a Georgia Supreme Court review of Jones' guilty plea.

Jones sat silently in the courtroom after the verdict was announced, Gordon County District Attorney Joe Campbell said.

Members of the Blaylock family could not immediately be reached for comment.