Aaron Jones Arson Case Goes to Jury

by George Waldon  on Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2010 1:57 pm  

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Urine-soaked shorts provided an unusual twist to closing arguments in the criminal trial of Aaron Jones in Little Rock's U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

Urine-soaked shorts provided an unusual twist to closing arguments in the criminal trial of Aaron Jones in Little Rock's U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

Tim Dudley, lead defense attorney, held up the garment Jones wore on May 28, 2008, while making an hour-long appeal to the jury to find his client innocent of causing a fire at his Chenal Valley house in order to defraud his insurance company.

"If Aaron Jones set that fire himself, why would he pee in his pants?" Dudley said. "You pee in your pants because you're scared to death. Those pair of shorts speak more to what happened that night than the witnesses in this case."

Federal prosecutors countered with another explanation for Jones losing bladder control: Jones could see that his neighbors didn't believe his middle-of-the-night account of "crawling and hopping from his house" to get help after unknown intruders bound him with duct tape and set the house ablaze.

"I'm going to get caught," said Daniel Stripling, assistant U.S. attorney. "That would be a good reason to pee in your pants, I would submit."

The all-female jury retired at about 12:45 p.m. to consider a verdict on whether Jones committed insurance fraud in the arson case.

 

 

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