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Defense attorneys in rape-murder case say they need more time

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Anthony L. Jones, the suspect in the killing of 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen, appears in Solano County Superior Court, in Feb. 13, 2013. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page A1 | March 22, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Defense attorneys say they need months, probably at least eight of them, before they will be ready to go forward with the preliminary hearing for a Fairfield man accused of raping and strangling a Suisun City girl in February 2013.

The pair of deputy public defenders working for Anthony L. Jones pin blame for the delay on the District Attorney’s Office and its handling of the controversy swirling around the doctor who performed the autopsy on 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen. The same doctor also performed dozens of other autopsies in homicide cases now being called into question.

The defense team renewed accusations against prosecutors of witness tampering, obstruction and perjury. They also renewed an effort to have Jones’ case thrown out or to have the District Attorney’s Office removed from the case.

Judge E. Bradley Nelson scheduled an April 10 hearing for the defense requests at which District Attorney Donald A. du Bain and at least two of his top prosecutors are expected to be called as witnesses.

Nelson also pointed out, as he has at past hearings, that the cause of death in Conway-Allen’s death is largely undisputed.

Nelson once again mentioned the email the doctor, Susan Hogan, wrote to a prosecutor shortly before Jones’ arrest that triggered a series of events that included a secret investigation into Hogan and her medical competency. The investigation resulted in her abrupt termination last year. In the email, Hogan said she thought Conway-Allen’s death may have been an accident while she was engaging in consensual sex.

Nelson also scheduled a July probable cause hearing for Jones, but his attorneys were quick to say it would be impossible for them to be ready for the hearing in just four months.

The defense attorneys said they still had not received all the documents from the coroner’s office about Conway-Allen’s autopsy and once they did have those documents they would be getting their own doctor to review the autopsy.

Hogan’s email prompted du Bain and his top prosecutors to meet with Sheriff Thomas Ferrara, who oversees the coroner’s office. The meeting led to a secret months-long investigation that resulted in Hogan’s abrupt termination.

It has only been in recent weeks that the defense team in Jones’ case learned that the investigation and termination included hundreds of pages of documents that may affect not only Jones’ case, but nearly 40 other homicide cases in Solano County.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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  • General Fadi BasemMarch 21, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I make a motion that Mr. Jones be allowed to live in the houses or apartments of the unnamed defense attorneys that are defending his case. This is to provide them unlimited access to Mr. Jones assuring his ability to provide them with his assistance in the defense of his case. Perhaps this might speed the court proceedings along.....Where is the federal government?? If this was a federal case, he would be suffering unwelcome advances from his cellie as I write this. Or perhaps offering those advances--chances are it's the latter.....

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  • FF64March 22, 2014 - 2:38 am

    Maybe the DA should just go to a grand jury and indict him so the poor defense doesn't have to waste the eight months. Get the indictment and get ready for trial. Quit wasting time, he was arrested over a year ago!

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  • The MisterMarch 22, 2014 - 7:32 am

    The other criminal act is this case? That the corruption in the DA's office and the Sheriff's Office (Coroner is in the Sheriff's Office) greatly increases the likelihood that the accused will get off or serve a lot less time than the should. And this is just the one case. Other suspects in the pipeline and others already prosecuted will have the very real chance of being back on the streets of Solano County much sooner than real justice would dictate... and all thanks to the corruption in the DA's office and the Sheriff's office. Remember that when you vote. I'm voting for Toler for Sheriff because we have something in common... we've both been victimized by the corrupt powers in Solano County government... as have all the people in Solano County. Kick out corruption... prosecute corruption... vote Tom Toler for Sheriff.

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  • KaneMarch 22, 2014 - 8:26 am

    It's rumored that the child had relations with this man if you see you Facebook she didn't look to innocent but still no reason to be killed

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  • Mr BrownMarch 22, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Kane, you are sick to suggest the child was somehow responsible with this piece of filth of a man.

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  • dubainsatoadMarch 22, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Well it was the prosecutions witness who said the sex was consentual and the death was an accident, not some hack brough on by the defense. Maybe he should be charged with child molestation and not murder. FF64 is probably a duBain supporter. Had this been done right and ethical in the first place the extra time wouldnt be needed. But before we execute someone we should make sure the prosecution isnt cheating and it appears they were. If they go to the grand jury will they do the right thing and include Hogans opinion. I think not. The number one reason people are falsely convicted is duue to prosecutorial misconduct, according to the court of appeals.

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  • Rich GiddensMarch 22, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    I believe that the DA and his staff suborned perjury, coached witness testimony, altered previously determined scientific investigative forensic findings without legally sufficient cause to do so. As such, I believe, one way or another, they are all toast. The revelations effect other cases and its going to be expensive to remedy.

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