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Alleged Jones County child killer makes court appearance

Justin Blakeney, who was indicted in 2010 to face capital murder charges in the death of his then-girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter Victoria Viner, appeared in court again Wednesday. It was supposed to be the final motion hearing before trial, but things did not turn out as planned.

Court documents indicate the accused child killer, Justin Blakeney, tried to use a little girl's death as a way to gain membership into the ultra white supremacist group known as the Aryan Nation Brotherhood. It's been almost four years since the death of the little girl, and Blakeney still awaits trial on Capital Murder charges in her death. Viner died at a Jackson hospital in August, 2010. An autopsy indicated the toddler died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

"We had a motion for a continuance filed by the defendant and some other motions for subpoena duces tecum. We're going to conclude this tomorrow at 1:30," said Jones County Assistant District Attorney, J. Ronald Parrish.

Blakeney glanced around the courtroom with an amused expression at Wednesday's hearing.

Parrish says he can't talk about any evidence in the case, but that people "know what they know."

"The court made certain rulings and I prepared orders, and in accordance with the rules, I signed off on them and gave them to Mr. Parrish.," said Defense Attorney William LeBarr.

When the trial begins in February, the jury will have three options:

"Life, life without parole, and death," said Parrish.

Another motion hearing in this case will take place Thursday afternoon at 1:30.

 

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