A jury is deliberating in the trial of a Colorado Springs man accused of possessing sexually explicit images of young girls.
But just how young is one of the issues in the trial of Billy R. Jones, 21, who is charged with of 22 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.
On Wednesday, jurors watched several videos seized from Jones’ computer depicting young girls exposing themselves.
Fourth Judicial District Judge David L. Shakes ordered the courtroom cleared of “idle spectators” before the videos were shown.
(Note to reader: while I’ve been accused sometimes of being an idle spectator, I was busy covering a murder trial in another courtroom at the time.)
The photos and videos showed girls in bikinis and panties pulling down their clothes, according to Colorado Springs Detective Clay Blackwell. One girl appeared to be photographing herself in a mirror. Blackwell estimated their ages at 12 to 15.
On cross-examination, Deputy Public Defender Eydie Elkins asked Blackwell if biologically there was not much physical difference between post-pubescent girls ages 16 to 19.
“It all depends on the girl,” he said.
He agreed with Elkins when she observed that the girls in the photos appeared to be attractive, pubescent and “pleased with themselves.” He agreed that they appeared to be aware they were being photographed.
Blackwell also testified that he was unable to locate the girls in the pictures and did not know their dates of birth.
Jones was arrested May 28, 2009. The charges date back to December 2008. He is free on a $10,000 bond.
This jury began deliberations after lunch. The panel is one of two currently out before Judge Shakes.
Another set of jurors is in its third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of Kandin Eric Wilson.
Stay turned to the Sidebar for the verdicts.