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Jones County capital murder case returning to court


A Jones County man on death row for killing his girlfriend's two-year-old daughter is scheduled to have a motions hearing this week.

In July, Justin Blakeney was sentenced to death for killing two-year-old Victoria Viner. After almost five months, the Jones County capital murder case is returning to court.

Blakeney's attorneys have filed a motion for a new trial and a motion to have the district attorney's office recuse itself from further participation in the case. 

The motion states that there's a conflict of interest since the office hired the judge's staff attorney, Kristen Martin, as their new assistant district attorney in September after J. Ronald Parrish resigned.

These motions will be heard before the circuit court of Jones County at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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