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7/31/2013 6:00:00 AM
Fake court case brings in real life for Kingman Junior Police Academy
Cadets and adult instructors taking part in the Kingman Police Departmentís Junior Police Academy didnít let a little thing like murder get in the way of a good time last week when a mock trial was held in Kingman Municipal Court. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Cadets and adult instructors taking part in the Kingman Police Departmentís Junior Police Academy didnít let a little thing like murder get in the way of a good time last week when a mock trial was held in Kingman Municipal Court. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A tale of marital infidelity, methamphetamine and first-degree murder played out in the Kingman Municipal Courtroom of Judge Kaylee Bond on Thursday.

A Mohave County jury heard testimony from the defendant, Jack Jones, who was accused of shooting to death Tom Bradley in a jealous rage on April 10.

Members of the jury also heard Jones' wife, Julie Jones, describe the affair she and Bradley were embroiled in for months until Bradley broke things off just before he was killed.

In the end, murder defendant Jack Jones walked out a free man after defense attorneys Brycen Rodriguez and Jocelyn Graffius proved Jones didn't learn of his wife's betrayal until after Bradley was killed, destroying the prosecution's theory on motive.

Also, a woman testified Bradley got her addicted to methamphetamine, and her father testified he was angry enough to kill Bradley, giving jurors another potential suspect to consider.

The gross and open sores on the woman's face showed the telltale signs of meth abuse.

Jones' attorney argued the killer could have been Julie Jones, whom they alleged became enraged when Bradley broke off the relationship.

After the trial, prosecutors and defense attorneys, the defendant and witnesses and the judge and jury had a good laugh.

In fact, there was occasional laughter in the courtroom despite the heavy-duty subject matter, but that was to be expected since everybody involved was participating in the second session of this summer's Junior Police Academy sponsored by the Kingman Police Department.

The group will graduate at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Williams High School.

Kingman Police officer Stacey Mayo said cadets created the "very adult" elements for the mock trial on their own.

"It surprised me," she said. "We weren't expecting that, but that's what they wanted to do."

Attorneys with the City Attorney's Office helped cadets with everything from arguing the case to courtroom etiquette.

The cast of characters included Bond, who played the judge, bailiff Joey Martin, prosecutors Chloe Elliott and Anthony Giles and defense attorneys Brycen Rodriguez and Jocelyn Graffius.

Austin Renfro played the defendant and his "wife," Julie, was played by Sarah White. Katelynn Stout played neighbor Mrs. Stephens and Nate Perea and Ericka Delgado played police officers Jeter and Gardner, respectively.

Raina Zach played Medical Examiner Dr. Brown and James Wills was CSI Grissom.

Of the witnesses, Michael Jordan was played by Bryce Renfro and Robert Jones was played by Brandon Lafaro. Jordan Gastineau played Bill Haynes and Lilly Bennet played Amy West. Jurors were Trenton Crain, Jerry Pike, John Pike, LJ Lockwood, Nathan Forbes, Nickolas Piccinetti, Bryant White, Dominic Bond, Tyrone Green, Carsten Ackerman and Nathanael Allen.

"It's been a lot of fun," said Cadet Trevin Gravell, who represented the press at the mock trial. "We've played paintball, done rope climbing and we're going to the aquatic center in Havasu."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: me again .....

I don't know how many of you can recite even a handful of recent Executive Orders stripping away all vestiges of personal rights, or whether you can list even two or three of California's homosexual-activist-sponsored legislation signed into law in recent years affecting that state's school children. And I just viewed a report last night by a national coalition to end homelessness - wow, what blue-blooded panel members, from Microsoft's Treasurer to Chairmen of the Boards of the very most prestigious U.S. corporations. The report came out in 1985! Uh, we not only still have a homeless problem, but it has worsened much. Many persons mandated into court in this context of degenerate, lying national policies have a case against the state. And not one may furrow an eyebrow before His Honor without risk of a contempt of court charge. Did they explain this to those beaming children here?

Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013
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How about a re-enactment of Dachau? I'll role-play Himmler eating his favourite ice cream at the Officer's Mess during visits there. Oh, wait, I have a long white beard and may look a bit more like his "guests" there. But hey, kids love ice cream and it shouldn't be difficult to find a smiling kid to role-play the SS chief..... Someone must explain to these young, smiling children that this is not a game - that the leaden, wreaking presumptions of a criminal trial are usually accompanied by unacknowledged abuses, and are always done in the wider context of an insanely hypocritical system in which the great monsters of crime get away with what they do.

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