Jones Trial

Prosecutors say the elderly woman he is accused of killing had most of the major bones in the upper half of her body broken before she was brutally murdered.

Opening arguments were held Tuesday in the capital murder trial of 22-year-old Antonio Jones. He’s charged in the 1999 beating death of 80-year-old Ruth Kirkland.

District Attorney Doug Valeska told jurors that Jones tripped a circuit breaker outside the woman's home so he could attack her in the dark.

Mrs. Kirkland's broken cane and what was left of a wooden chair were found next to the body. Her car had been stolen and Jones was driving it when he was arrested.

Valeska says DNA tests on blood from the suspect's clothes match the victim.


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