Text message from mother to alleged shooter read in court

Carly Hughley (WDTN file photo).
Carly Hughley (WDTN file photo).

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friends of one of the victims in the Jan. 2013 double homicide took the stand Tuesday.

Of the witnesses called to the stand included, Delsia Taylor, the mother of 32-year-old Carly Hughley, who said the suspect, Harvey Lee Jones, spent time with the family that Christmas.

Several 9-1-1 calls were played in court, causing Taylor to become emotional. She was given a break to compose herself.

When she returned, the prosecution and defense argued whether or not a text message from Taylor sent to Jones should be read aloud in court — without the jury in the room. The Judge Steven Dankof determined that the text should be read.

Dankof said the text message could only be considered by the jury as proof that Hughley and her son were afraid of Harvey Lee Jones, and not that he had actually killed the victims.

It read:

TAYLOR: “So you think scaring (the boy) and Carly is the thing to do? I thought more of you than that. My grandson is frightened and you should be ashamed. Let it go.”

Eryn Goodwin knew Hughley for more than 20 years and said Hughley wouldn’t let anyone around or at her house because she was afraid of what Harvey Lee Jones would do. Jones is accused of killing Hughley and her friend 29-year-old Demetrius Beckwith.

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When cross-examined, the defense attorney asked Goodwin if Hughley would still see Harvey despite the fact that she was afraid of him. Goodwin said no.

Monique Harris was also called to the witness stand. She testified that she’d known Hughley since she was 15-years-old and that they would talk on the phone every day.

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She told the court that Hughley was scared to call the police because she was afraid Harvey would hurt her or kill her.

Chris Monturo, a firearm expert with the Miami Valley Crime Lab, was also called to the witness stand and told the court that the bullets removed from bodies of the victims came from the same gun.

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