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Past violence can be used as evidence in murder trial

Friday, Aug 9, 2013 5:32 PM
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A judge ruled Friday that anattack on an ex-girlfriend and her friend can be used as trial evidence against an Augusta man accused of beating a 4-year-old so severely the child was left brain dead.

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Willie Jones


Willie Jones, 23, has pleaded not guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to charges of murder.

Jones was initially charged with cruelty to children after Ty’Asia Phillips, his biological daughter, was taken to a hospital unconscious and covered in bruises on March 11, 2012. The charge was upgraded to murder after Ty’Asia was removed from life support a week later.

Ty’Asia lived with her maternal grandmother. She allowed the child to stay with Jones at his mother’s home for two weeks while she underwent surgery and recuperated. On the final weekend of her stay, Jones was home alone with Ty’Asia and four other children he was baby-sitting the night of March 11, 2012.

In interviews with the other children, sheriff investigators heard chilling accounts of how Jones repeatedly beat Ty’Asia, switching weapons as they broke under the force of the blows, Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter told the judge Friday.

For the purpose of proving motive and intent, Markwalter introduced a Sept. 10, 2008, attack by Jones on an ex-girlfriend and her friend.

That morning, Jones yanked April Dunn out of a truck and smacked her across the face with a crutch, Markwalter said. Later in the day, Jones returned to Willie Reid’s home waving a large knife and threatening to kill Reid. Reid shot Jones in self defense. Jones was convicted of aggravated assault and terroristic threats and sentenced to five years probation.

Katrell Nash of the public defender’s office argued against allowing the evidence, contending the two incidents were nothing alike, and violence alone wasn’t a legal justification.

Judge Daniel J. Craig ruled the evidence of the 2008 case can be used for the limited purpose of proving motive and intent.

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/09/13 - 07:24 pm
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Yeah, this was the animal

Yeah, this was the animal that beat her to death because she didn't know her ABC's. At age 4.

If that animal hadn't gotten probation for trying to murder that woman, and had been in prison where he belonged, that baby would be alive today.

Pops
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Pops 08/09/13 - 07:31 pm
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i just wonder how

long this "donor" has been out fathering children.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/09/13 - 08:02 pm
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corgimom - nailed it

I agree with corgimom

Some people and Violent crimes should not get Probation.

This is a horror story example.

Darby
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Darby 08/09/13 - 10:11 pm
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"Some people and Violent crimes should not

get Probation."

.
But this guy isn't "people". He should be put out of his misery as you would any rabid animal.

Put children first. Protect them from the likes of this degenerate slime. Make an example of him. (Or it!)

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 08/09/13 - 10:20 pm
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notsurprised
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notsurprised 08/09/13 - 10:53 pm
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fry him

save money

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 08/09/13 - 11:18 pm
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How could he do this

Even animals nurture their young

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/13 - 07:46 am
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Darby Animals Rights (humor)

Even an animal gets examined before its put down.
In this case because this animal walks and talks he'll get a trial.

I agree with you Darby, but we do need need to go about it legally.
More of us need to "volunteer" for Felony Jury duty, if they'll take people willing to apply the death sentence as needed.

I can find Abortion Right Advocates anywhere, willing to kill the people they represent.

But where do we find a Baby Rights Advocate? We need a Court
House Steps Protest on this.

Using a Tree Huger argument in a left handed way.
That baby could have become the Tree Doctor that would have found a cure for Tree Cancer.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/10/13 - 07:44 am
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Our Judical System Is Flawed

There should be no trial when a death of a child is caused by an adult.

Death by hanging in the public square and body thrown in the city dump.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/13 - 07:50 am
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CG My emotions say the same thing

But I do not want to become like the TM Crowd Advocates.

Usually as my mind clears, I have to always go with the legal way as long as it does not violate the BoR-10 or The State/US Constitutions.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/10/13 - 07:55 am
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Too sick to live

Some folks don't need a second chance..he doesn't.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/13 - 09:17 am
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Yes, they should get a trial,

Yes, they should get a trial, that's for sure. BUT, after the trial they should be destroyed immediately!!! Not placed on death row for 10-15 years, KILLED IMMEDIATELY!! We simply do not need animals in existence in the world.

The fortunate thing is; one day ALL people like this and the scumbag from the other article who assaulted his GF and Cat, will not exist any longer!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/10/13 - 09:29 am
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I wonder

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how abc, cbs, cnbc, cnn, msnbc, nbc, new york times, washington post, atlanta journal-constitutuion, los angeles times, newsweek, miami herald, boston globe, huffington post, aol, naacp, aclu, sclc, sharpton, jackson ( except the punk going to prison), rangel, pelosi, reid, jealous, congressional black caucus, obama and holder missed this one?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/10/13 - 09:47 am
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I agree

An seriously said here:

Myfather15 - has the idea I agree with some minor mods'

Conduct 1 immediate, factual, not legal loop holes,
review of the case.

Allow a week to build a scaffolding with 13 steps up to the platform,

Publish a notice of the schedule for the public hanging.

Select a Hangman from a list of the victims or hire a professional.

I would also recommend Saturdays at Noon Downtown for maximum attendance. Rain or Shine.

Now think of all the hotel rooms rented, parking fees, food sold, commission on the merchandise sells to help the victims families. All generated because of the influx of visitors spending $$$ that be could taxed or collected.

Front Row Seats for a Public Hanging could sell for more than Scalped Master Tickets. Again with a % going to the victims family and to cover the scaffolding.

Sell the 13 steps of the scaffolding to again help the victims family.

After dark with the corpse still hanging from the scaffold

Torch it.

Grace422
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Grace422 08/10/13 - 10:34 am
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I just wish

I just wish the 1st girl he whopped up on would have shot him dead. We see now what would have been prevented if she had. I want him to suffer like he made his child suffer.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 08/10/13 - 11:18 am
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He has a much lengthier

He has a much lengthier violent history than posted here--- since he was in middle school.
The death penalty should be an automatic sentence in cases like this.
Sickening people with these behaviors deserve a swift execution especially those who harm innocent and precious children.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 08/10/13 - 12:55 pm
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Cobalt George

I assume you'd feel that way if you were wrongfully accused of the death of a child? (please note, I'm not saying this guy is innocent - I have no clue). Our system of justice (flawed as some may think it is) is what separates us from the Saudi Arabias of the world.

Please think before you say things like "there should be no trial" lest you be a victim of your own wish.

Darby
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Darby 08/10/13 - 03:01 pm
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"Even animals nurture their young"

Well, most do. Can't say that applies to sperm donors though.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/10/13 - 03:37 pm
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realitycheck09

"In interviews with the other children, sheriff investigators heard chilling accounts of how Jones repeatedly beat Ty’Asia, switching weapons as they broke under the force of the blows,"

He's pleading "Not Guilty"....yes I agree, let the judicial system make him pay for what he did, may get 5, out in 2 or may even be found innocent.

I was a little harsh in my hanging plea.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 08/10/13 - 09:12 pm
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Cobalt George

Good enough. If he's guilty, he'll get what's coming to him.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/10/13 - 11:50 pm
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realitycheck

As someone who has stood in Court possibly thousands of times, I have serious doubts he will "get what's coming to him." Hopefully, with the seriousness of this case, he will; but I wouldn't hold my breath!!

IF found guilty, this man deserves NOTHING less than death and that death should be quick, but painless!! Yes, I know people believe he should suffer, but I disagree; it's enough for me that people like this NO LONGER LIVE!!! We don't want or need people like this existing in society!! We also don't NEED him sitting in prison his whole life, eating three meals a day and playing basketball!! Again, IF found guilty, he needs to DIE!!!!

But whether they will put him to death, is what I'm skeptical of.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 08/12/13 - 09:00 am
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chances are the hawk brothers

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chances are the hawk brothers will be more than willing to take his case (as long as the money's right), because they enjoy defending butchers and they sleep good at night as they deposit their "BLOOD MONEY"......

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