Barry Lee Jones, the Lee County man accused of using the body of a 7-month-old child in an attack against his stepdaughter, awaits sentencing on a capital murder conviction.
A jury found Jones, 20, guilty last week of capital murder and recommended to Lee County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Walker III on Monday that he be sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Robbie Treese.
“They recommended life without — 7 to 5,” Treese said of the jury’s vote.
At least seven jurors had to vote for life without parole to give the recommendation. At least 10 had to vote for death, Treese said.Jones’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 8.
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Jones was convicted on Friday of murdering Kevin Christopher Jones on Dec. 11, 2007. Jurors returned on the fifth day of trial with their verdict after about an hour of deliberation, Treese said.