After fewer than eight hours of deliberation, a jury found Malinda Jones guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder with her husband Philip Jones, who pulled the trigger. Because the jury also found her guilty of lying in wait to murder her former son-in-law Jarrod Davidson, she could face life in prison without parole if the verdict stands. Her defense attorney, Robert Landheer, plans to move for a new trial on the grounds that this one was unfair. He said he “was stuck with just a shadow defense” because he was not allowed to present his client’s motive, which he said was her certainty that Davidson was molesting her granddaughter Malia. After hearing the verdict, the victim’s tearful parents faced television cameras, thanking the prosecution for “this day of justice” two years after their son was murdered. Malinda Jones, who appeared stoic in the face of the verdict, is set to be sentenced on October 16.
MALINDA JONES FOUND GUILTY:
Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 17, 2006
Updated 1:54 p.m., September 22, 2006
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