Jurors hear details of autopsy, recording

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There is no way to tell which blow caused veteran educator Danny L. Jones to fall face first to the ground, but the autopsy revealed his attacker stood over him, striking his head again and again.

On Wednesday, a Richmond County Superior Court jury listened to medical evidence of Mr. Jones' injuries and heard a tape-recorded statement from Paul F. Blevins, the man accused in the killing.

On the recording, Mr. Blevins protested his innocence, even as Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Richard Roundtree confronted him with some of the evidence -- his possession of Mr. Jones' vehicle and several personal items, in addition to the blood soaked into his clothing.

"As God as my witness I never killed no one," Mr. Blevins said.

The detective testified that Mr. Blevins' final comment to him was: "That watch is going to get me the chair, ain't it?''

Mr. Blevins, 57, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include murder, armed robbery and arson. His trial began Monday.

He is accused of killing Mr. Jones, a 62-year-old Hephzibah High School teacher whose career included 27 years as headmaster of Edmund Burke Academy.

Mr. Blevins knew Mr. Jones through chickens. Mr. Jones had thousands of birds, including show birds, and he judged show chickens at contests.

On April 5, 2007, Mr. Jones was found dead in the front yard of his Tobacco Road home. Someone had set the house on fire, witnesses testified this week.

Mr. Jones died from massive damage to his skull and brain, testified Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner's office.

The pathologist said it was likely that a blood-smeared steel post and a two-by-four found at the homicide scene were used.

In all, Dr. Eisenstat counted at least 13 distinct marks left by blows to Mr. Jones' head. His skull was cracked, and crushed in at least one area.

The brain injuries were consistent with the victim lying still, face down, when he was repeatedly struck, the doctor testified.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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pofwe 02/05/09 - 07:55 am
March (Mr.) Blevins to the

March (Mr.) Blevins to the "pea patch" & bust a cap into his thieving murdering heart. Leave him there the birds will clean up the mess. I hate to come across so mean ... but ... you know what will happen. Taxpayers will be buying him his coffee & bologna for years to come. There is not court of justice ... only courts of laws, ... that are not enforced.

APiratesLife4Me 02/05/09 - 08:50 am
They should "repeatedly"

They should "repeatedly" throw the switch on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off until this murderer is slowly and painfully cooked well done.

tombee 02/05/09 - 06:46 pm
Danny Jones did not deserve

Danny Jones did not deserve to die like this. He thought of all those students at EBA as his kids since he never had any of his own and devoted his life to education. Treat Blevins like the barbarian that he is.

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