A number of preliminary motions must be filed under Georgia’s unified appeals process for death penalty cases, said Rodney Mathis, the Calhoun attorney originally appointed to defend Jones for the January 2004 murders of Tom and Nola Blaylock, their daughter, Georgia Mae Bradley, and Jones’ 10-month-old daughter, Jerri Georgia Jones.
Judge Carey Nelson has scheduled an arraignment hearing for June 3.
“Today’s hearing was a first proceeding,” Mathis said. “There are numerous motions that must be filed before the trial can begin.”
Jones’ defense has been turned over to attorneys Michelle Drake and Chris Adams with the Georgia Capital Defenders Office, Mathis said.
District Attorney Joe Campbell announced in January that he will seek the death penalty in the case