Prentiss murder defendant still hospitalized

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – Murder defendant Rebecca Jones continues in critical condition in an Alabama hospital, her attorney said Wednesday.
Jones went on trial Oct. 1 in the circuit court of Prentiss County, but before action could continue into the third day, Jones’ attorney Rob Laher of Tupelo, told Judge Jim Seth Pounds that his client had been rushed to the hospital overnight.
Pounds declared a mistrial and dismissed the jury, but ordered the District Attorney’s Office to discover the reason for Jones’ hospitalization.
He also ordered that she be jailed as soon as she could leave the hospital.
Wednesday, Laher said that from his conversations with her family, doctors still don’t know why she was taken ill, but he insisted he doesn’t believe it was a drug overdose.
“She has suffered another setback,” he said, noting she has breathing difficulties and her “consciousness is very limited.”
He also said he doesn’t know what the doctors’ predictions are for her recovery.
“Of course, at some point, we have to talk about returning to trial,” Laher added.
Jones was indicted for the May 2010 shooting death of her mother, Jane Jones, at her Prentiss County home.
Jones insists her mother’s death was an accident. Prosecutors say she blamed her mother for the loss of her daughter, her land and her life.
The women had a long history of family squabbles stemming back to the accidental death of Rebecca Jones’ sister as the two schoolgirls waited on a bus near their home.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com