Judging the Joneses

A week after Judge Frank Ochoa sentenced to prison confessed gunman Philip Jones and his daughter Kelee Davidson for their roles in the murder of Jarrod Davidson, a motion was filed to have Ochoa disqualified from judging the third suspect in the case, Jones’s wife Malinda. Defense attorney Robert Landheer – who filed the motion last Friday – cites statements made by the judge during the closing moments of last week’s sentencing as evidence of Ochoa’s “prejudice” against his client. The matter will likely be considered at a hearing scheduled for later this week. In related news, the family of Jarrod Davidson filed a $5 million wrongful death suit against the Jones family recently, hoping to recoup expenses for burial, legal fees, unspecified punitive damages, and to help pay for the education and upbringing of Jarrod and Kelee’s young daughter.

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