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Chatsworth man convicted of beating 35-weeks-pregnant woman

The jury convicted Jeremy Ladle Jones for aggravated sodomy, family violence aggravated assault, family violence aggravated battery, terroristic threats, battery against a pregnant female and family violence battery on Wednesday. (Images: Murray Co. Sheriff's Dept. / MGN)

A Murray County Jury has convicted a 40-year-old Chatsworth man for a long list of crimes, including beating a woman who was 35-weeks pregnant with his child, according to Conasauga Judicial District Attorney Bert Poston.

The jury convicted Jeremy Ladle Jones for aggravated sodomy, family violence aggravated assault, family violence aggravated battery, terroristic threats, battery against a pregnant female and family violence battery on Wednesday.

After hearing from 6 witnesses, the jury deliberated on Wednesday afternoon for an hour and half before returning a unanimous verdict on all counts.

The case began when an officer responded to a domestic violence call at the defendant and victim’s address on Treadwell Road.

Jones was intoxicated and the victim, who had fled to a neighboring apartment to call 911, showed signs of having been beaten.

Poston says it was ultimately determined that the victim had a broken hand which required surgery and had been sexually assaulted as well. At one point during the assault, Jones threatened to kill the victim and her unborn child if she called the police.

Nevertheless, the victim was eventually able to get away from Jones and flee to another apartment where a call was made to Murray County 911.

The 911 call was presented as evidence and played for the jury.

The investigating officer performed a thorough investigation and collected evidence including the victim’s bloody clothing and photographs of the scene where the assault had taken place.

Jones was taken into custody and remained in jail without bond through the trial.

He will remain in custody until his sentencing date as well.

The victim received medical care at Hamilton Medical Center and gave birth to a healthy daughter about a month after the assault.

Judge Cindy Morris set sentencing for August 16th, when Jones faces from 25 years to life in prison on the aggravated sodomy county, up to 20 years each of the aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges, 5 years for terroristic threats and 12 months each on the remaining misdemeanor charges. Jones has a prior felony drug conviction which will be presented in evidence at the sentencing hearing.

The trial was presided over by Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris and prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Dixon Lackey with assistance from Chatsworth Police Department Officer Cody Kintz who investigated the case along with District Attorney Investigator Kevin Caylor and Victim Advocate Danielle Kean. Jones was represented by Cory Rosenberger and Geoff Bard of the Public Defender’s Office.


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