A Hephzibah man accused of killing his parents and little brother listened in court as his lead defense attorney presented the first motions on his behalf Tuesday.
Ryan Jones, 27, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of capital murder.
Jones faces a death penalty trial in the deaths of his parents, Roosevelt Jones, 65, and Edna Jones, 64, and his brother, 20-year-old Russell Jones, whose bodies were found in a field behind Deer Chase Elementary School on May 21.
Lead defense attorney Ryan Swingle of the Capital Defender office presented a series of motions to protect Jones’ constitutional rights to guard against possible self-incrimination. Tuesday’s hearing involved legal procedures required whenever a prosecutor files notice of the intention to seek a death sentence.
Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet asked the defense attorneys to notify the court within 30 days if they think a challenge to the composition of the county’s jury pool is appropriate.
District Attorney Ashley Wright said she is working with the defense team to have motions dealing with major issues filed within two months.
Investigators have said they think the Joneses and their son were killed by gunshots to the head in the family home on Pinnacle Place Drive. Investigators also contend the victims’ bodies were dismembered before they were set on fire in the empty field in south Augusta.