Jones County sex offender seeks retrial in child exploitation case

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Jones County man convicted of five counts of child exploitation has been granted a retrial and taxpayer funds for a computer forensics expert to be used in an upcoming trial.

Jones County Circuit Court Judge Billy Joe Landrum told the prosecution and defense to decide on a new trial date for the case of John Bartholomew Lowe, who was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to five life terms in prison.

"We've got to traumatize 12 more people by going through this trial, but he will get tried again," said J. Ronald Parrish. "He's got two new lawyers this time, and I'm ready to go when they are."

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Lowe a retrial in order to seek funds for a computer forensics expert to examine the computer on which child porn was found in 2009. Lowe claimed another person had access to that computer to download the explicit material. The defense will now find an expert to present to the court while the newly appointed attorneys review the case.

"I'm just real disappointed and dismayed at the decision of the court, but you know, their the ones that get to make it, and I guess I just have a more conservative view, I suppose, of the constitution than they do," said Parrish. "I'm exercising my right tot respectfully disagree with them, which I do."

No timeline has been set by the judge.

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