By Valerie Baldowski
Changa Jones opened the second day of his murder trial by questioning, extensively, the law officer who collected evidence from the 2005 murder scene.
Jones, 38, of Stockbridge, is representing himself in his third murder trial in connection with the death of his wife, Natasha Monique Brown Jones.
The case is being heard in Henry County Superior Court. In addition to murder, Changa Jones also faces felony murder and aggravated assault charges.
Henry County Police reportedly found Natasha Jones strangled to death in her bedroom. In his trial in 2008, jurors voted 9-3 in favor of acquittal for Jones, resulting in a mistrial. In May of 2009, a jury voted 10-2 to convict Jones, resulting in another mistrial.
Superior Court Judge Brian Amero listened as Jones tried to establish that the crime scene was tainted. Jones is also attempting to convince the court that he was not in Georgia at the time of his wife's murder.
Wednesday, he called David Wilkes, a crime scene investigator (CSI) for the Henry County Police Department, to the stand.
Jones introduced new evidence into court during his questioning of the CSI officer. The evidence included photos of markers placed on the property to identify items recovered.
Jones questioned Wilkes about a bent screwdriver found in the garage, and a doorknob taken from the door leading from the garage to the kitchen. Wilkes said he had collected both items from the crime scene. Jones asked Wilkes why he collected the doorknob as evidence.
"The doorknob appeared as if it was tampered with," Wilkes answered. Wilkes said he dusted the doorknob for fingerprints, but found none. Jones, then focused on the screwdriver, which he said Wilkes moved while gathering evidence. He asked Wilkes why he moved the tool.
"[With it] sitting on top of the tools, you can't appreciate how the tip was bent," said Wilkes. "That was why I moved it."
Wilkes testified to taking five water bottles found at the scene as evidence, and dusting them for fingerprints. "I tried to obtain prints from them, but they were all negative for prints," he said.
The crime scene investigator also told the court that he found a cell phone in the trunk of Natasha Jones' Lexus, but could not identify it as belonging to Jones' wife.
Wilkes said he found no (material) fingerprints inside the Jones residence.
He also testified that partial fingerprints were found on the victim's car, but could not be identified.
The Jones' murder trial is expected to continue today.