Jones defense attorneys seek removal of prosectors

By From page A1 | February 26, 2014

Anthony Lamar Jones.

FAIRFIELD — Attorneys for the Fairfield man accused of raping, sodomizing and strangling a 13-year-old girl said Tuesday they will try to get Solano County prosecutors removed from the case because of the growing controversy about the Solano County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

Attorneys also said they believe the District Attorney’s Office is still hiding details concerning several homicide autopsies conducted by Dr. Susan Hogan. Information about Hogan’s work was given to defense attorneys by order of a Solano County judge.

One of the two defense attorneys for Anthony L. Jones said hundreds of pages of documents about Hogan recently turned over by the District Attorney’s Office reveal a pattern of misconduct by prosecutors. That misconduct, the attorney said, was failure to disclose information and withholding witness statements.

Jones is accused of killing Genelle Conway-Allen before dumping her nude body in Allan Witt Park on the morning of Feb. 1, 2013. He has pleaded not guilty.

On the day before Jones’ arrest, Hogan sent a graphic email to a prosecutor, saying, “just between you and me” the girl’s strangulation may have been accidental and during consensual sex.

That email was not shared with defense attorneys, as required by law, for seven months and sparked the recent revelations that Hogan had been under investigation by top Sheriff’s Office officials for months, who were scrutinizing her competency and the accuracy of her autopsy findings. That internal affairs investigation culminated with Hogan’s abrupt departure from the Sheriff’s Office in December 2013 – a departure she has labeled a firing and that Sheriff’s Office officials have called a retirement.

Judge E. Bradley Nelson, who recently refused to throw out the Jones’ case because of the email, ordered more than 600 pages of documents from the investigation about Hogan be given to Jones’ defense attorneys. Nelson also ordered that recordings made by Hogan during four out of five autopsies, including Conway-Allen’s, be turned over to defense attorneys.

A lawyer for the county told Nelson that Sheriff’s Office officials were surprised that the recordings existed.

In addition to Conway-Allen’s autopsy recording, the recordings included in the Hogan documents are for:

  • The killing of Travis Dairy owner Ho Kim in a June 2011 robbery. Kim, 70, died shortly after being attacked in the robbery. Hogan’s shifting cause of death in hearings for the five teenage defendants prompted plea deals for four of the defendants. The murder case against James A. Young, 19, is still pending.
  • The case of Angel Sanchez of Vacaville, who faced a murder charge in the 2009 death of a 4-month-old boy, Nicholas Kelly. In 2011, a doctor testified the baby’s death was the result of trauma that was not accidental, probably caused by the baby’s head striking a soft surface. After the testimony, Sanchez took a plea deal and is serving an eight-year prison sentence.
  • The case of Michael Daniels, whose girlfriend was found dead in a Vallejo motel room in 2012. The girlfriend had passed out after heavy drinking. Hogan initially deemed the death to be suffocation, perhaps from vomiting after passing out, but later changed her mind about the cause of death. Daniels was arrested a year later.

Nelson did not give defense attorneys the autopsy recording in the case of Ernesto Castillo. In November 2012, Hogan deemed Castillo’s fatal gunshot wound to the head a suicide. Vacaville police had arrested Roberto Revelo on suspicion of murder, but he was later released.

Nelson said the scope of his court order for the Hogan document release was more sweeping than the order made last week by the  judge in the Daniels’ case.

Daniels’ case is set to be in court Thursday, when further details about the Hogan controversy and possible linkages to the District Attorney’s Office may be revealed.

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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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 26, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Prosecutors lie, falsify, violate and deny Brady v Maryland exculputory evidence rights and statutory provisions and due process everyday across the United States. Angela Corey engaged in said conduct as Zimmerman v Florida was in its pretrial phase by denying the contents of Mr. Trayvon Martin's cell phone that included photos of drugs and weapons. In the Zimmerman case, Forensic Investigators for the Florida County / State Prosecutors paid dearly and suffered their illlegal firings for doing the right thing----revolting against the tyrant Corey and turning the exculpatory evidence over to Zimmerman's powerful attorneys. Solano County now has a big stinky Brady mess and it will be the solid basis to buttress endless appeals at great public and victim's expense. Defense investigators and attorneys are going to now deliver red flaming hot discovery of relevant, material germane work products like the recording repository and the facts and circumstances regarding the enigmatic Dr. Hogan's testimony, findings, being coached / continually changed and altering of cause of death findings by yet to be named Solano county Prosecutors, Sheriff's officials and investigators at their behest. So exact ly how did Dr. Hogan conclude her dynamicly and ethicly challenged unprofessional career? Was it with a dramatic scene and untoward with a tirade? So, how is this mess to be cleaned up? By getting the presiding Judge to say it isn't so? Isn't that right?

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  • Mr. Never Made A Grammatical Mistake, EvarFebruary 26, 2014 - 11:53 am

    "Prosecting is intricate work where numerous tools are used to produce a desired specimen. Scalpels and scissors allow for sharp dissection where tissue is cut..." --- I don't blame him. I would want them removed from the trial, also.

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