Harrodsburg mother accused of killing baby pleas to lesser charge

December 10, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Nicarra Jones, charged with murder in the death of her 10-month-old baby in October 2002, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Through an offer made by the Commonwealth's Attorney Richard Bottoms, Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter. She had been indicted on a charge of murder and has been held in the Boyle County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

Jones, through her attorney, John Reynolds of Nicholasville, entered an Alford plea, which means she denies responsibility, but admits that the state has enough evidence to convict her of the crime to which she pleaded.

Bottoms said the difference between murder and second-degree manslaughter is the intention to commit the crime vs. wanton behavior.

Mercer Circuit Judge Darren Peckler told Jones that the prosecution is stuck with the deal worked out between her and the state, but so is she, and he wanted to make sure she understood what that meant.


Peckler repeatedly asked Jones if she understood that her rights of a trial and appeal would be lost to her once she pleaded guilty and that he was not bound by the agreement she had worked out with the prosecution. Each time she tearfully and silently nodded her head.

Jones' son, Braydon Caleb Jones, died of blunt force trauma and the child's death certificate says the manner of the baby's death was homicide and the cause of death as blunt force impact injuries to the head, brain swelling and bruising, bleeding on the brain and multiple scull fractures.

When she was arrested, she confessed to causing her baby's death, but later recanted and pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

A final sentencing hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

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