Jones County man to stand trial for brutal murder of 2-year-old

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - In fewer than four weeks, a Jones County man will stand trial for allegedly killing his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter by pounding a telephone book against her head in 2010.

On Tuesday, a motion hearing was held inside the Jones County courtroom in the Justin Blakeney case.

The hearing began with Jones County Sheriff's Office Don Scott taking the stand. Scott interviewed Blakeney August 12, 2010, two days after the incident, the same day Victoria Viner, 2, passed.

The 35-minute taped interview was played in the courtroom, afterwards Judge Billy Joe Landrum ruled it as admissible.

Second to take the stand was Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Captain James Herzog. Herzog interviewed Blakeney September 1, 2010. The 1 hour and 12 minute video along with a written statement was ruled as admissible evidence by Judge Landrum and will be used in the trial.

A third video interview divided into three disks was also shown in the courtroom. The approximately 3 hour long interview was ruled as admissible as well.

The motion hearing is expected to continue Wednesday.

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