As of Monday, August 12, 2013
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Former Clayton County sheriff’s Public Information Officer Jonathan Newton is emotional on the stand Monday morning as he testifies against his former boss. (Staff photo: Kathy Jefcoats)
JONESBORO — Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill’s former public information officer and book editor broke down on the stand Monday when he was asked about the day after Hill lost his 2008 bid for re-election.
Special prosecutor Layla Zon asked Jonathan Newton if he was with Hill the day after he lost the August runoff to Kem Kimbrough. He said he was, that Hill was sitting in a chair inside his home, but Newton grew emotional and didn’t complete his answer. Before the line of questioning continued, defense attorneys asked for a sidebar with Judge Albert Collier.
When direct examination resumed, Zon didn’t pursue Newton’s recollection of Hill’s state of mind.
Newton was the first witness to take the stand at 9 a.m. Monday and was under cross-examination by defense attorney Steve Frey at noon.
Check back for trial updates and pick up a copy of Wednesday’s Clayton News Daily.