Death penalty phase of double murder trial begins Monday

Harvey Jones in a Montgomery County courtroom. (WDTN\Ken Jarosik)
Harvey Jones in a Montgomery County courtroom. (WDTNKen Jarosik)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Montgomery County jury will begin the sentencing phase of a double murder trial on Monday.

The jury found Harvey Lee Jones guilty on Saturday, after deliberating for two days.

It was an emotional day in court for both victims’ families as they listened to the jury find 37-year-old Jones guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend 32-year-old Carly Hughley and her friend 29-year-old Demetrius Beckwith. The same jury who found Jones guilty, will now decide if he should get the death penalty.

Emotions were high Saturday as the court read all 8 counts one-by-one.

The jury found 37-year-old Harvey Jones guilty on 4 counts of aggravated murder, 2 counts of aggravated burglary and 2 counts of aggravated robbery. Prosecutors argue Jones shot and killed his ex-girlfriend 32-year-old Carly Hughley and her friend 29-year-old Demetrius Beckwith inside a Harrison Township apartment in January 2013.

Hughley’s son who was 10-years-old witnessed the murders according to the prosecution. Beckwith’s sister Danada Beckwith–who we spoke with earlier this week says faith has helped her and her family cope throughout the trial.

“We’re strong in our faith,” Beckwith said. “And that’s what’s gotten us through this for the last 3 years.”

The same jury who convicted Jones will now decide what happens to him.

“This concludes phase one of this trial,” Judge Steven Dankof said. “Phase two of the trial the mitigation phase will begin Monday morning.”

Starting Monday, the jury will decide if Jones should get the death penalty. Before then, all 12 jurors–who have been sequestered throughout the trial–have strict rules to follow.

“You know you are not to investigate or attempt to obtain additional information,” Judge Dankof said. “About this case outside the walls of the court room.”

The death penalty phase of Jones’ trial will begin Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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