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Man charged in officer's slaying chewed his wrists

Man committed to mental facility

Friday, April 13, 2012 6:57 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:49 AM
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A man charged in the January slayings of his girlfriend and an Aiken police officer was involuntarily committed to a state mental health facility for two weeks after harming himself in jail.

Joshua T. Jones  File/Staff
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Joshua T. Jones

Joshua T. Jones, 26, is charged with murder and possession of weapon in the Jan. 28 killing of Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers.He also is accused by Richmond County authorities in the shooting death of 21-year-old Cayce Vice, who was pregnant.

Jones is in the Aiken County Detention Center, where he was taken after police tracked him down at the home of a cousin in Batesburg, S.C., a few hours after the killings.

On Feb. 28, Jones was taken to the South Carolina Just Care mental health facility in Columbia after an emergency involuntary committal hearing in Aiken County Probate Court, according to Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Nick Gallam.

“Our medical staff evaluated him and saw there was a need,” Gallam said. “We got with the state mental health officials and proceeded from there.”

Gallam said Jones returned to the detention center March 13 but declined to discuss specifics of Jones’ mental health or any treatments he received.

James Jones, the suspect’s father, said his son was committed because he harmed himself while in jail.

Jones said his son chewed into his own wrists so badly that he needed medical treatment.

“That’s the information I received,” Jones said, adding that he was not allowed to see his son’s injuries. “I never did see his wrists; they never did let us get that close to him.”

One of Joshua Jones’ court-appointed
attorneys, Boyd Young, of Columbia, said the damage to his client’s wrists was extensive. Young said the injuries happened while Jones was isolated from the other inmates in a cell on “suicide watch.” He said there was nothing in the cell that Jones could have harmed himself with.

“He was only wearing a paper gown,” Young said.

Young said his client was committed to the state facility for 13 days, and then there was another hearing that extended his stay for a day or two.

Jones has hurt himself at least one other time, authorities said. On June 1, he tried to shoot himself in the head but the bullet only grazed his temple, according to an Aiken County sheriff’s report.

James Jones said his son was treated at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and transferred to Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services, but released after less than a month.

Gallam would not comment on the extent of Jones’ injuries, citing jail policy and federal privacy laws. He said Jones has been doing better since his return from Columbia but has remained separated from the other inmates for disciplinary reasons.

“He’s been on disciplinary segregation from the first day he was here,” Gallam said.

Jones has been cited for six “serious infractions” of jail rules and has had continued problems following directions and obeying rules, he said.

Jones’ only public appearance since his arrest has been a brief bond hearing on the weapons charge before Magistrate Judge Donna Williamson.

Jones snarled and cursed while two jailers held him at each elbow during the Jan. 30 hearing.

Young said it was too early to say whether he and public defender Grant Gibbons would pursue a mental health defense. He also said there would be no request for bond on the murder charge.

In the unlikely circumstance that an Aiken County judge set a bond for his client, Young said, there would still be a hold placed on him to face murder charges in Richmond County.

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KUTBUDDY
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KUTBUDDY 04/13/12 - 07:47 pm
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Well now we know he may get
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Well now we know he may get off by playing crazy.

KSL
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KSL 04/13/12 - 07:58 pm
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kutbuddy, you are probably

kutbuddy, you are probably right. Wonder where your comment went. You didn't criticize a parent or another poster.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 04/13/12 - 08:13 pm
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I see a mental

I see a mental health/insanity defense coming in this case.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 04/13/12 - 09:45 pm
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Waiting for the outcry......

Waiting for the outcry...... Oh wait.....nevermind!

akmoose
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akmoose 04/13/12 - 10:29 pm
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That is a whole 'nother level

That is a whole 'nother level of crazy.

KUTBUDDY
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KUTBUDDY 04/13/12 - 10:47 pm
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KSL they always remove my
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KSL they always remove my post I guess because I keeps it real.

KSL
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KSL 04/14/12 - 12:19 am
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Obamacare is going to deny,

Obamacare is going to deny, ultimately, healthcare to people who have been productive citizens, paid their taxes and their other dues to society. Now, why do people this crazy, if he is indeed, who have made it this far in growing up, deserve a so-called free ride from society and society taking care of them the rest of their lives, in custody, until their demise, though it be longer than Medicare will take care of upstanding citizens?

KSL
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KSL 04/14/12 - 12:20 am
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That, akmoose, is a whole

That, akmoose, is a whole nother level of crazy.

HighSociety
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HighSociety 04/14/12 - 05:06 am
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This man is not insane! He is

This man is not insane! He is a cold blooded killer, and is doing everything he can not to get the death penalty. He knows right from wrong. He aslo knows what he has to do to get out of that jail. He's playing the system, and it appears to be working for now.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/14/12 - 06:42 am
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Playing crazy?

Playing crazy?

Semibored
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Semibored 04/14/12 - 06:43 am
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He's tried to kill himself

He's tried to kill himself twice with no success. I wish someone could help him get it right. Put him back in his cell. Maybe the third time will be the charm.

TrickMe
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TrickMe 04/14/12 - 07:12 am
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Ate through his wrist

Ate through his wrist extensively, repeat ate......coupled with initial arrest video, add in the fact that before the murder he was institutionalized for mental health issues........certainly there is a serious mental health issue with this guy. Someone would have to be an idiot not to at least acknowledge that........

dotherightthing
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dotherightthing 04/14/12 - 07:24 am
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Playing the system? Doubt it.

Playing the system? Doubt it. He EXTENSIVELY chewed his wrists. That's pretty scary to me. Too many events leading up to this to not acknowledge it being a severe mental health issue. It is so sad this wasn't acknowledged prior to two people being murdered.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/14/12 - 07:44 am
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Damned if you are, and damned
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Damned if you are, and damned if you aren't.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/14/12 - 08:02 am
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He can't be guilty of any

He can't be guilty of any wrong-doing because he may look like hussein's son(if hussein had a son)

copperhead
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copperhead 04/14/12 - 08:14 am
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Dang,isn't that the new

Dang,isn't that the new standard for guilt or innocence? Whether one could look like hussein's son(if he had a son)

curly123053
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curly123053 04/14/12 - 08:31 am
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I transported another high

I transported another high profile murder suspect who tried to hang himself in the county jail years ago. That suspect still kept his appointment with the executioner on death row in Columbia. If Solicitor Thurmond plays his cards right this man will meet the same fate as that one years ago. This man has showed in to many ways that he knows right from wrong and knows exactly what he is doing.

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 04/14/12 - 09:43 am
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Chewed wrists? Put him in

Chewed wrists? Put him in solitary confinement along with a bottle of Lawry's seasoning salt for crying out loud! He's a cop killer and he murdered a pregnant woman as well. As Curly said previously, this dude knows what he is doing!

allhans
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allhans 04/14/12 - 09:54 am
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He sure looks strange.

He sure looks strange.

iLove
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iLove 04/14/12 - 10:04 am
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Copperhead...i understand
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Copperhead...i understand your concern or Obama's look-a-like son...some say that was code words for the Illumaniti.....im, just saying....research my friend.

Dick Cheny received a heart around the same time.
Biggest black market items = human organs.
Im just saying.
A ritualistic killing.
Im just saying.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 04/14/12 - 11:28 am
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Cheny waited a long time for
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Cheny waited a long time for that heart....(the crazy ones are not just in jail)....I'm just saying...........................

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 04/14/12 - 01:42 pm
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LOL..Maybe the brother is a
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LOL..Maybe the brother is a fashion diva thug and just couldn't stand to be photographed in that tacky jail attire...goodbye cruel world!

Equaltreatmentforall
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Equaltreatmentforall 04/14/12 - 02:19 pm
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Unbelievable and Scary.

Unbelievable and Scary.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/14/12 - 07:00 pm
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F F, and proud of it!

F F, and proud of it!

copperhead
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copperhead 04/14/12 - 07:06 pm
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foreverfrog,you are so brave

foreverfrog,you are so brave and wise! were you promoted to 3rd grade?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 04/15/12 - 11:25 am
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100% playing the system!

100% playing the system! Maybe trickme cam provide a place for him to live.

SAPCS
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SAPCS 04/16/12 - 01:03 pm
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He killed three other people

He killed three other people with startling ease. Why does he keep screwing up?

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