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Saturday, December 24, 2011

[FL] Resigned Cocoa Deputy Chief Jones' domestic charge ends in mistrial after 1 juror switches vote to not guilty

Cocoa FL Deputy Chief Bobby Jones (left)
resigned during investigation into a
domestic battery charge against him.

The case of a former deputy police chief who was accused of beating his girlfriend ended Thursday in a mistrial... Prosecutors will weigh whether to retry former Cocoa Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones for battery after a guilty verdict read in court Thursday was thrown out when a lone juror changed her mind... The defense tried to blame the victim's bruises on her job as a waitress... A homeless man who was working for a nearby thrift shop saw the fight and tried to intervene. "He grabbed her really hard by the hair, nape of her neck like a caveman, drug her down to the thing, dragging her on the asphalt to the car and stuffing her in the car like a bag of potatoes"... The investigation, which included one witness besides the victim, eventually prompted the deputy chief to resign...

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[FL] NOT ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Cocoa Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones - The witness who tried to help Jones' girlfriend as she was being assaulted says his life was threatened... "You need to stand back or I'll kill you. I'll 'f' you up"... The father of the assaulted woman says she has tried to get a protection order. Jones has a wife and kids. Nobody's safe. And despite photographs and a witness, this deputy chief was not arrested.
[FL] Legal trickery? Still no charges, no arrest for alleged public domestic attack by Deputy Chief Bobby Jones - A judge has granted the alleged victim in a dating violence investigation involving Cocoa Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones a restraining order...
[FL] Assistant Police Chief Bobby Jones resigns after charged with assaulting then-girlfriend - Cocoa Assistant Police Chief Bobby Jones resigned on March 9th, 2011 and will probably avoid a completed investigation report by doing so. Now if he can get the charges dropped, on paper it will be as if it never happened and he will be fully employable again without accountability for any committed crime(s). Poof!

JURY HEARS TESTIMONY IN TRIAL OF EX-COCOA DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF
Florida Today
Dec. 21, 2011
[Excerpts] A jury began hearing testimony today from a woman accusing Cocoa's former deputy police chief of punching and pushing her during a domestic confrontation last year... She described getting out of the car and crossing the street when Jones ran toward her. "He threw me over his shoulder and put me in the front seat...he punched me in the chest, he punched me again in the throat," she told jurors, stopping for a brief moment to compose herself. Jones then left the scene shortly after police arrived. A man spotted the incident and yelled at Jones to stop, the woman testified. Jones, who quit his post earlier this year as second-in-command of the Cocoa Police Department, was charged after the State Attorney's Office issued a summons. Jones was named deputy chief in 2009. The trial began Dec. 19 in County Judge A. B. Majeed's courtroom at the Moore Justice Center in Viera... [Full article here]

VICTIM TESTIFIES IN DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF BATTERY TRIAL
WFTV
Dec. 21, 2011
[Excerpts] Prosecutors say former Cocoa Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones became jealous after he thought his girlfriend was sleeping with his brother. Jones is facing battery charges for the alleged attack last December. Friday, the defense tried to blame the victim's bruises on her job as a waitress. Prosecutors showed jurors pictures of bruising on her arms where she said she was grabbed, and on her chest where she said she was punched.  But the defense insinuated she would have much more bruising if she was actually punched... [Bobby Jones' former girlfriend C.A.] said the first sign of trouble came when they were leaving an after-hours club and she expressed concern they couldn't find his brother. "He started making comments and accusing me of wanting to sleep with his brother," said [C.A.]. [C.A.] said after he drove her back to her car the dispute turned violent and he punched her in the chest and throat... But Jones' defense attorney questioned how many beers she had that night and whether she remembered everything accurately. “Isn't it true that what you were arguing about is that you wanted to drive home and he didn't want you driving because you had been drinking?” the defense attorney asked. “That is not true," said [C.A.]. A homeless man who was working for a nearby thrift shop saw the fight and tried to intervene. "He grabbed her really hard by the hair, nape of her neck like a caveman, drug her down to the thing, dragging her on the asphalt to the car and stuffing her in the car like a bag of potatoes," the homeless man testified. Jones' defense attorney also challenged the homeless man’s credibility... [Full article here]

EX-COCOA DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF DRAGGED, PUNCHED ME, WOMAN TELLS JURY: Eyewitness testifies of 2010 incident
Florida Today
J.D. Gallop
Dec. 22, 2011
[Excerpts] Bobby Jones, former deputy chief of the Cocoa Police Department, is expected to take the stand in his own defense today to refute claims he dragged and punched his 22-year-old girlfriend during a birthday excursion last year... The trial testimony could make or break the argument from prosecutors that an off-duty Jones, 40, attacked the Indialantic woman in a fit of rage. The investigation, which included one witness besides the victim, eventually prompted the deputy chief to resign... “Bobby became very jealous. … He started making comments, accusing me of wanting to sleep with his brother,” the victim told jurors, her voice at times breaking with emotion. Later, she said, Jones, whom she described as weighing 140 pounds more than her, became angry and forced her into his car. “He was enraged, and he was starting to scare me... He threw me over his shoulder and put me in the front seat. … He punched me in the chest. He punched me again in the throat” ... Defense Attorney Jordan Kramer, who argued that Jones had been concerned the woman was attempting to drive off after drinking, cross-examined her and questioned whether she sought medical attention. “No,” the victim said as jurors, who earlier viewed photos taken that night of red marks on her neck and chest, looked on. The victim, later escorted home by a police officer, admitted she didn’t include several details in the report she wrote in the hours following the incident. “Now, over a year later, you seem to be a having a better recollection over what happened,” Kramer prodded. “I know what happened,” the victim stated... [Full article here]

PROSECUTORS PONDER RETRIAL FOR EX-COCOA DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF
Florida Today
Dec. 23, 2011
[Excerpts] Prosecutors will weigh whether to retry former Cocoa Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones for battery after a guilty verdict read in court Thursday was thrown out when a lone juror changed her mind. “No,” the woman said twice when asked by County Judge A.B. Majeed if she agreed with the guilty verdict that only minutes before she signed off on with five other jurors. It was an unexpected and dramatic twist that prompted Assistant State Attorney Pat Whitaker to stand, raise his arms in bewilderment and say he had “never had this happen.” Jones was charged with misdemeanor battery after his then-girlfriend,  [C.A.], 22, reported being punched and dragged by the off-duty deputy chief outside of a Melbourne pub Dec. 18, 2010... “The verdict is not a unanimous verdict. I cannot pronounce the defendant guilty in this matter ... a mistrial is granted,” Majeed said after the defense motioned for the trial to be dismissed... Whitaker said a decision on whether to file for a second trial would come later... [Full article here]

DEPUTY CHIEF BEATING TRIAL ENDS IN MISTRIAL: Jurors Fail To Agree On Verdict
WESH
December 22, 2011
[Excerpts] The case of a former deputy police chief who was accused of beating his girlfriend ended Thursday in a mistrial. A six-person jury was deliberating the fate of former Deputy Police Chief Bobby Jones. Jones took the stand in his own defense and said he was merely trying to keep her from driving while intoxicated... The alleged victim testified Wednesday that Jones threw her into his car and punched her because he was jealous of the attention she paid to his brother. Another witness also testified Jones dragged his former girlfriend by her hair... [Full article here]
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