Jury deliberation begins in Jarrett Jones murder trial

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Aberdeen American News)- The the question for the jury to decide in the murder case against Jarrett Jones is whether Jarrett Jones was justified in shooting his gun.

Defense attorney Marshall Lovrien told Brown County jurors in closing arguments Tuesday that Jarrett Jones had the right to defend his life and the life of his daughter, and he was “absolutely legally justified in what he did that night.”

But Deputy Attorney General Brent Kempema said Jon Schumacher was making drunken threats the morning of Jan. 2, 2020, and it didn’t escalate to violence.

‘What happened on Jan. 2, 2020 was not self defense. It was an execution,” Kempema said.

Jones, 50, of Bath, is charged with murder in the death of Schumacher, 28, of Mina, who died Jan. 2, 2020 after being shot twice in the shop area of Jarrett Jones’ home. The trial, which was originally schedule to take up to three weeks, has included four days of testimony, which ended Monday.

A jury of five women and seven men heard closing arguments Tuesday morning, and were deliberating as of Tuesday afternoon.

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