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Judge resets Curtis Jones sentencing date in Iowa City bondsman's slaying

Late motion filed delays sentencing

Liz Martin/The Gazette

Curtis Jones appears Jan. 4 in Johnson County District Court in Iowa City, where he was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of an Iowa City cabdriver. Jones was scheduled to be sentenced Friday to another life term in the slaying of an Iowa City bondsman, but that sentencing was delayed because Jones, 42, had filed a petition asking for a new trial. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Liz Martin/The Gazette Curtis Jones appears Jan. 4 in Johnson County District Court in Iowa City, where he was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of an Iowa City cabdriver. Jones was scheduled to be sentenced Friday to another life term in the slaying of an Iowa City bondsman, but that sentencing was delayed because Jones, 42, had filed a petition asking for a new trial. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The sentencing for a Mount Pleasant man, convicted of killing an Iowa City bondsman, was halted Friday because he filed a motion this week asking for a new trial, and the prosecution asked for time to respond.

Curtis Jones, 42, who represented himself at trial, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jonathan Wieseler, 32, on April 22, 2017, in the Lederman Bail Bonds office in downtown Iowa City.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Lars Anderson said Jones was allowed to file the motion late because he hadn’t been able to talk with his standby counsel, Doug Davis, who advised him during trial, and obtain assistance on the filing.

Jones said he had no objection to the prosecution having time to respond.

Anderson reset sentencing for March 26 in Johnson County District Court. The sentencing is not in question since conviction on a first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

Jones, in his motion, claims the verdict was contrary to the law or evidence, the prosecution didn’t prove he was the person who killed Wieseler and didn’t prove he acted with specific intent, malice aforethought and willfully, deliberately and with premeditation — elements of first-degree murder.

According to testimony, Jones fatally shot Wieseler during a robbery at the bond office, where Wieseler was working and living.

Wieseler was shot five times, according to police.

Jones also has been convicted in the fatal shooting of Iowa City cabdriver Ricky Lillie, 46, on June 27, 2017.

Jones was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence without parole for Lillie’s death..

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