Trial for Jones County child pornographer pushed back

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A retrial has been delayed for a Jones County man convicted of five counts of child exploitation 3 years ago.

On Monday, Judge Billy Joe Landrum granted John Lowe a postponement at the request of his defense attorney, Grant Hedgepeth. The trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday. 

Last December, the state supreme court reversed Lowe's conviction and granted him a new trial because he didn't have a computer forensic expert.

During Monday's motion hearing, prosecutor J. Ronald Parrish announced that he was removing himself from the child pornography case.

"I don't want the people of Jones County to have to go through this trial again because of some accusation that I got some kind of conflict with Mr. Hedgepeth," said Parrish.

District Attorney Tony Buckley will now take over the case.

Judge Landrum, J. Ronald Parrish and Grant Hedgepeth are all running for Jones County Circuit Judge in November.

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