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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