Monday, March 18, 2013

Dad gets life in prison for beating 4-year-old son to death during weekend visitation (Twiggs County, Georgia)

No explanation here as to whether Daddy's weekend visitation was court-ordered or "voluntary" on Mom's part.

The killer dad is identified as KELCEY JONES.

Twiggs County father gets life in prison for beating four-year-old son

NewsCentral Staff

Created: Mar 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM EDT (Story Updated: Mar 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM EDT )

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has upheld the conviction and life prison sentence given to a father accused of beating his 4-year-old son to death in Twiggs County.

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday announced the unanimous ruling involving defendant Kelcey Jones.

An autopsy had found that Jones' 4-year-old son Joshua died of blows to the head and abdomen in September 2003. The boy's mother, who had separated from Jones earlier, said the child had been spending the weekend with his father when the beating occurred.

Kelcey Jones was sentenced in Twiggs County to life in prison for murder and an additional 20 years for first-degree cruelty to a child.

Jones appealed the conviction, but the state Supreme Court rejected most of the arguments made by his lawyers.