Keeping Up With the Joneses

Philip Jones (pictured below) was called to the stand this week to testify against his wife Malinda Jones (pictured above) for being an accessory to the execution-style murder in July 2004 of their son-in-law Jarrod Davidson. Philip pled guilty last year and received a life sentence for pulling the trigger; his daughter Kelee Davidson was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of perjury and being an accessory after the fact. Malinda Jones also first pled guilty to being an accessory to the murder — which occurred in Santa Barbara — but backed out of a plea bargain at the last minute, opting instead to plead not guilty before a jury. Philip Jones’s testimony was chilling and contradictory; he first stated he couldn’t recall whether or not his wife was aware of his plans to commit the murder, but minutes later, he affirmed her premeditated participation in the crime. Philip Jones will be one of the last witnesses for the prosecution before defense attorney Robert Landheer begins building a case for her innocence as early as next week.

 — Clare Rolens

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