The order states that Jones is currently incompetent and unable to assist counsel in preparing for his motion for an appeals trial. The order also says Jones cannot be treated with forced medication.
Through the order, Nelson gave the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), along with the Department of Corrections, 90 days to determine if Jones’ competence can be restored enough to stand trial for an appeal.
DBHDD will report its evaluations and findings of Jones to the court within the 90 days, according to court documents.
A hearing in Gordon County Superior Court meant to review Jones’ mental competency for an appeals trial took place Dec. 2. Nelson said at the end of that hearing he would issue an order to decide Jones’ next step in the appeals process in his death penalty conviction.
Dr. Glen King, a psychologist brought in by the prosecution who testified at the Dec. 2 hearing, stated that under proper medication and treatment, it could be possible for Jones to become competent enough to stand trial.
Dr. George Woods, a psychiatrist brought in by the defense, said he was not convinced a plan like this one would be effective, based on the fact that Jones has refused medications multiple times during previous treatments.
Woods also said because of the lack of treatment throughout Jones’ life, his psychosis has progressed to a point where treatment may not work anymore.
District Attorney Joe Campbell counteracted this assertion by saying that the state is not attempting to cure Jones; but is simply aiming for him to be competent enough to stand trial.
Jones pleaded guilty in 2006 to the murders of Jerri Georgia Jones, Georgia Mae Bradley, Tom Blaylock and Nola Blaylock