Updated 09/15/2009 05:50 PM
More testimony in Jones trial
The court heard more testimony Tuesday from state police investigators in the Alan Jones murder trial. Jones is charged with second degree murder for the death of 11-year-old Erin Maxwell in the family's Palermo home. Andy Mattison has been following the case and joined us now from the Oswego newsroom with a recap of the day's testimony.
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- There were some tense moments in the courtroom Tuesday as investigators who interviewed the defendant took the stand.
According to testimony, Jones was interviewed by several investigators from about 6 p.m. on August 29, 2008 until about 7 a.m. the next morning. Investigators said when they asked Jones what happened to Erin, he said he thought she was twirling the rope around and it got caught on a screw in the window frame.
Two of the investigators said, at times, they pressed Jones about his version of the events because they didn't think his story made sense, to which they said Jones responded "I saw her hanging, I called 911, I don't know what else to tell you."
During cross examination, the defense asked investigators if any of them had ever been to the Maxwell home, if they recorded or videotaped their interview with Jones or if they noted any injuries to Jones when they interviewed him, questions they all said no to.
Testimony didn't start until around 10 a.m. because the first hour of the proceedings was spent determining what questions the prosecution could ask investigator Steve Bourgeois, who was finishing up his testimony from Monday.
Defense attorney Sal Lanza objected to questions about Jones' demeanor after he was told his stepsister had died. District attorney Donald Dodd felt Jones' demeanor is relevant because it shows a depraved indifference to human life, which led the judge to call Dodd's argument absurd. The judge further scolded Dodd, telling him he had no concept of the difference between an intentional killing and depraved indifference murder.
Lanza's objection was sustained and Dodd was not allowed to ask the investigator about Jones' demeanor when he gave testimony in front of the jury.
On Wednesday, the court will hear more testimony from investigators who did follow-up interviews with Jones in the weeks following Erin's death.