Updated 09/22/2009 06:10 AM
Two fathers testify in Alan Jones trial
Two fathers took the stand in the Alan Jones murder trial in Oswego. Jones is accused of killing his 11-year-old stepsister, Erin Maxwell, at the family's Palermo home last year. On Monday, Erin's father and Jones' father testified for the defense. Andy Mattison has been following this case for the last two weeks and joined us with more on the day's testimony.
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OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- It is still unclear whether or not Alan Jones will take the stand in his own defense. Jones is on trial in Oswego for the murder of his stepsister, 11-year-old Erin Maxwell, last year.
Taking the stand Monday were Jones' father, John Jones, and Erin's father, Lindsey Maxwell, both testifying for the defense. Alan Jones claims Erin strangled herself while playing with a green rope tied to a screw in her room.
In cross examination, the prosecution asked Erin's father if he ever saw her in possession of a green rope, to which he answered "no."
Also taking the stand Monday was an expert for the defense who conducted a series of tests with a rope and a screw and concluded it could support 70 pounds.
The defense says testimony could wrap up Tuesday. They are still undecided about putting Jones on the stand.