Jury resumes deliberations in Chris Jones trial

Jury resumes deliberations in Chris Jones trial

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Deliberations in the Chris Jones trial resumed Saturday morning.

Jones is accused of murdering his estranged wife, dumping her body and setting it on fire in Shelby County.

After three days of testimony, the case was handed over to the jury at 6 p.m. Friday night.

As of Saturday afternoon, after nearly seven hours, the jury was still deliberating. They asked for two pieces of evidence to review. One was an interview Chris Jones did with WMC Action News 5 on April 19, 2013. The other was a taped confession with the Germantown Police done on April 23, 2013.

In the interview with WMC, Jones had just finished a divorce court hearing and answered questions from WMC'S Andrew Douglas.

"You had a protection order against you, can you explain why?" asked Douglas.

"There was a power struggle over a cellular device and it involved invading my privacy and in the grips of both of us having our hands on that device at the same time, our leverage gave way and we both fell to the ground and that was the end of it," Jones said.

"That sounds a little odd," said Douglas.

To which Jones replied, "Two people grabbing one object, struggling over it, and then they lose balance together, it's not."

The second video the jury asked to watch again was two hour redacted interview with Germantown police where Jones confessed that Heather fell and hit her head. He told police he wrapped her body in an air mattress and then dumped it in the back of a truck. That story didn't check out when police investigated.

Jones eventually led police to Heather's badly burned body on Highway 64.

As the jury deliberates there must determine whether Jones is guilty of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. First-degree murder is defined, in part, as "premeditated and intentional killing of another."

Abuse of a corpse read, in part, that "no person, except as authorized by law, shall treat a human corpse in a way that the person knows would outrage reasonable family sensibilities."

The jury could come back with a verdict of second degree murder which is defined, in part, as "knowingly killing of another."

The defense argued in closing arguments on Friday, that if anything, Jones is only guilty of voluntary manslaughter. That is defined, in part, as "the intentional or knowing killing of another in a state of passion produced by adequate provocation sufficient to lead a reasonable person to act in an irrational manner."

Friends and family have continued to follow the trial all week and are anxiously waiting outside the courtroom for a decision from the jury.


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