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Judge dismisses jury in Hard 50 murder trial after inappropriate comment, postpones proceeding

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 12 p.m.

The Hard 50 murder trial of a suspect in the January 2013 slaying of Shawn Lindsey was continued for two weeks Tuesday after an inappropriate comment made in the courtroom prompted the judge to dismiss the entire jury panel.

District Judge Bruce Brown would not disclose the source or nature of the statement, which he said came near the end of jury selection in the trial of Jason Jones. Brown said the statement was not made by any of the lawyers and was not malicious. He said it nevertheless tainted the entire jury. The trial was rescheduled to begin April 14.

Jones, 38, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lindsey, 34, whose body was found Jan. 16, 2013, by surveyors. Justin Jones, 38 – Jason’s twin brother – and Dang Sean, 35, also are charged in Lindsey’s death and are awaiting trial.

At a preliminary hearing in March, a witness testified that Sean and the Joneses melted 1/4 ounce of meth and injected it into Lindsey’s arm while holding him captive in an auto repair shop at 118 S. Vine. Prosecutors said Lindsey was killed to settle a debt.

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @hlaviana.

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