MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - After two delays, the case of the murder suspect released from jail on the wrong kind of bond went before a judge.
Scott Jones has been a free man for the last two weeks thanks to a computer glitch. That has now changed.
"Put him back at square one at the bond that was originally ordered in the case," said Assistant District Attorney Jill Phillips.
That original bond was $100,000 to be paid in cash. Due to the glitch, Jones was able to pay his bond with corporate surety, meaning he put up property. When the district attorney's office saw the mistake, it quickly called for a hearing into the matter.
"The judge granted our motion, and in fact, remanded the defendant to the custody of Metro Jail," Phillips said.
Authorities believe Jones knew he was taking advantage of the computer glitch based on his phone calls from jail.
Jones is accused of brutally beating Lawrence Hutson to death and attempting to kill Elizabeth Duggin. Authorities said the elderly victims were at their home in Coden when Jones and Anthony Parker broke in and beat them in 2010.
"Allegations in this case were just horrifically violent, and we believe the original bond was absolutely appropriate under the circumstances, and that's one of the reasons we wanted it back in place," said Phillips.
Family members of the victims were in court as well as one member of Jones' family. Jones' attorney did not want to comment on the case.
Jones' trial is set for October.
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