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Attorneys battle over details in Fairfield homicide case

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From page A1 | April 24, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — A hearing to see if there will be a future hearing took nearly three hours Wednesday, with attorneys squabbling over details and exchanging barbs and accusations in the case of Anthony L. Jones.

Jones spent nearly the entire time sitting at the defense table, saying nothing and staring blankly ahead, while his pair of deputy public defenders repeatedly tossed around terms like “witness tampering” and “obstruction,” with frequent mention of Dr. Susan Hogan, who performed the autopsy on Genelle Conway-Allen, the 13-year-old girl Jones is accused of raping and strangling in February 2013.

Jones is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in July. District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has not said whether he intends to seek the death penalty for Jones.

The defense team repeatedly told Judge E. Bradley Nelson they had not been given certain reports or documents needed to help them be ready for the probable cause hearing. Those claims were repeatedly rebuked by a prosecutor, pointing to many of the copies of documents shared with the defense team months ago.

Nelson ordered prosecutors to go back and double-check to make sure the defense team had all the documents they were entitled to. Nelson refused a defense request to have prosecutors provide information of what du Bain may or may not have known about a secret 2013 investigation into Hogan’s competency and credibility that was launched after du Bain and top staff complained to the sheriff-coroner about the Conway-Allen autopsy results and the results in a handful of other autopsies.

Hogan was fired months later after the investigation was concluded.

The catalyst for the investigation included an email from Hogan to prosecutors, kept secret for seven months, that included a “just between you and me” admonition before saying she believed Conway-Allen’s death may have been an accident during consensual sex.

Nelson ordered Jones and the attorneys to return to court May 27.

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Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • My2centsApril 24, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Give the defense any and everything you have DA. The coroner may have been so stupid that she believed a 13 year old could consent to sex, wait sex that included strangulation, with a grown man, but we jurors aren't. Have some faith in us. That degenerate pig is going down.

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  • The MisterApril 24, 2014 - 6:35 am

    So, voters, how do you feel knowing that a child killer and r@pist may go free due to the corruption/failure of office within the Sheriff/Coroner's Office and the DA's Office? Doesn't it just make you want to run right out there and vote to keep them in office?

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  • JazzAzzApril 24, 2014 - 7:31 am

    If there is even a chance of him going free, guaranteed that someone will TAKE CARE OF HIM, as soon as he hits the streets!!!!!!

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  • Jose SixPacApril 24, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Jazz- I wish I shared your confidence regarding "street justice". The murderers who were let go in the Travis Dairy Murder are cruzing the streets today for their next victim, preferably another senior citizen, according to their history. If "street justice" was real, how come I am not reading another Ryan McCarthy story with their family members babbling the usual nonsense about their lil' criminal's untimely departure from this world? The street has no justice....

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  • JazzAzzApril 24, 2014 - 4:56 pm

    And neither does the justice system, less so, IMO

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  • Curious ObserverApril 24, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Actually, I will be voting for the current Sheriff (although I am still undecided in the DA's race). None of my research has identified any corruption in the Sheriff's Office as you keep preaching. As to the failure, it does appear there was substandard performance by the Pathologist (however like most of the readers here I have not read the investigation). However, in all fairness, a pathologist is a medical doctor with years of training, so I can only assume she must have had some facts that she based her opinion on. Although as a lay person on the subject, I find it very difficult to agree with this was an accidental death during consensual sex with a 13 year old. As for your child killer rapist comment, you who espouse the constitution so frequently are tossing it out the window in this particular case. That seems a bit hypocritical on your part. The defendant has not been tried yet and/or found guilty. The trial will be held in a court room with a judge and jurors hearing the evidence and they will decide the fate of the defendant. The DA will present it strongest case possible and the Defense will vigorously use any information available to cast doubt on his guilt. Once the decision is rendered, that is justice based on the system we follow. Then and only then, can we really debate the effectiveness of the different departments in this case. And by the way, if found guilt and sentenced to death, I would have no issues with flipping the switch myself.

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  • The MisterApril 24, 2014 - 9:31 am

    @CO: "None of my research has identified any corruption in the Sheriff's Office..." CO, why am I not surprised that your "research" hasn't turned up any corruption in the SO? Perhaps you're not looking in the right places... ya think? Don't look at the people who are getting the work done... look at the power structure. Duhhhhh. Work doesn't tend to corrupt people... but power sure does. Look at the Sheriff. Look at the previous Sheriff. Look at the people who are kissing the buttons of the people in power. The corruption exists... but for some reason, CO, you remain blind to it. I just wonder why?

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  • HAZELApril 24, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    THE CORONERS OFFICE IS VERY CORRUPT AND VERY NOT COMPOTENT I HAVE PROOF OF THAT! ALSO MANY INVESTIGATORS AND MEMBERS OF THE FPD AND SHERRIFS OFFICE ARE NOT COMPOTENT EITHER WHEN IT COMES TO ANALYZING CRIMES SCENES AND DEATHS HERE IN SOLANO COUNTY! THE CORONERS OFFICE LIES AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN THIS EXACT ONE HERE THAT DID THE LYING IN A CASE I KNOW ABOUT...I WILL DO INVESTIGATING OF MY OWN ON THAT PERSONAL CASE, BUT FOR THIS ONE----SHAME ON ALL OF THEM

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  • hazelApril 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    SORRY COMPETENT & SHERIFF*****---DUMB AUTO CORRECT

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  • BApril 24, 2014 - 7:06 am

    A child cannot consent. It matters none. This pig is going to prison and he will learn a thing or two about non-consentual sex.

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  • gmlgrahamApril 24, 2014 - 8:27 am

    Seriously in this day and age, most 12 and 13 year olds have already experimented with "sex" and may know more about "sex" than we older adults!! They no longer look like a 13 year olds, but like YOUNG ADULTS - visit any high school to see how they're dressed/how they act. Peer pressure and regardless if they have parental guidance or not, some may be dressed as their parents think, but bring a change of clothes (in their backpacks) to change into before getting to school so he/she feels like they belong!!

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  • Rich GiddensApril 24, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Doesn't matter what the facts are---the cops, judges, sheriff and DA are all in collusion---even against innocent people who they conspire against because they don't like what they say at public meetings or even in this government shill newspaper. And that is tyranny worthy of revolt if not inserrection.

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  • Stop the bsApril 24, 2014 - 10:11 am

    This girl was fast if you look at her Facebook she smokes marijuana & doesn't even look innocent, her and jones had a secret relationship that MANY people knew about in fairfield! Almost all these teens are on red book. It's not right that he killed her I agree but for all of you at act like this girl couldn't agree to sex because if her age is crazy! Is it because she's white & he's black?

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  • BApril 24, 2014 - 10:23 am

    Are you retarded? You think its ok to have sex with a 13 year old girl, regardless of how she may act?

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  • BApril 24, 2014 - 10:24 am

    Furthermore, its not a matter of whether she could physically consent to sex. LEGALLY, a minor cannot. You pig.

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  • hazelApril 24, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Agreed there are some sickos out there having sex with young minors...wtf! And yes they are having sex already, but its not right !!! Keep your D in your pants or find a girl your age and stop killing people damn!!!

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  • MDSApril 24, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    She can't consent to sex because she's 13 years old. That's the law. This is perfect example of the Doctor stepping way over the line and this sounds like why she got fired. The guy had intercourse with the girl and strangled her. That is where the Doctor's investigation should have ended. What could their possibly be in an autopsy that would make the doctor think the 13 year old consented anyway? That isn't for her to decide and she should have known better to be speculating about that in email.

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  • UnhappyApril 24, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Here's what concerns me. This guy Hightower was the guy who lost his last murder trial which according to some cop friends was a slam dunk. It was a codefendant case and the two previous defendants were convicted. Then for some reason they changed prosecutors and he lost his trial. What happens if he loses this one? It's not like this DA's office has a great track record for winning cases. Call it what you want, but people are walking free because the DA cant prove their case

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  • Rich GiddensApril 24, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    DUBAIN IS A REPUBLICAN. LOL!

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