Day Two of Penalty Phase for Austin Jones
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- He didn't have an ideal childhood. That was the defense argument in day two of the penalty phase for the Austin Jones murder trial today.
But prosecutors attempted to puncture that argument with a single question.
It was an emotional day for the family of Austin Jones.
His mother, aunt, and grandmother were some of the witnesses called upon by the defense today...
Sherry Richards, Jones' mother, spoke about his childhood and the circumstances in which he grew up.
Drug houses, drug abuse, and addiction were some of the things she said he was exposed to...
A time line that Richards helped put together with the defense, illustrated Jones' life up until the night of the crime.
The State simply got up and asked Richards if jones could have made a better choice...
Jones admitted guilt in the beating and robbing of Korean War Veteran Paul Quandt.
Today Jones kept his head down for most of the day not showing much emotion... except when his mother spoke of the day his father, Randy Jones, left the family and when some childhood photos were shown.
Jones has been found guilty on murder of Paul Quandt and now the jury will recommend if he should be given the death penalty or life in prison without parole.
Ultimately, Judge Mike Moseley will have the final say.
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