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Jury deliberating in Jessie Haynes trial

JEFFERSON COUNTY - The jury is deliberating in the trial of Jessie Haynes, the BISD Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Communications.

Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.

The panel began deliberating at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Testimony began Monday and the defense finished presenting testimony Wednesday afternoon.

She's charged with obstructing a public passageway. If convicted of the Class B Misdemeanor, she could face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Judge Langston Adams is presiding over the trial in County Court at Law Number 3.

Haynes is charged with blocked a door inside the administration building following an August 1, 2013 school board meeting. BISD attorney Melody Chappell was answering reporters questions. Haynes says Chappell told her internet journalist Jerry Jordan couldn't enter the room. Board member Mike Neil says he walked up to the door to find out why and there was contact between Haynes and Neil. Haynes claimed she was assaulted but no charges were ever filed.

KFDM's Leslie Rangel is covering the case Thursday.

*PROSECUTION CLOSING ARGUMENTS* 

"Send message to Haynes we won't allow them to close our doors anymore. Open up doors, hallways, truth. Send message Jessie is done"

"BISD doesn't get to play by own rules. We put our kids in hands of people like (Haynes) what message does this send to the kids?"

"The cover ups & corruption have got to stop. If you find her not guilty, that cover that just came up goes right back on."

"She's a liar. She (Haynes) has to be held accountable for her actions. That very video exposes her lie."

"Did anybody see Ms. Haynes being assaulted? No. Only her. Taking a paid vacation on the taxpayers."

 "Board meetings are open so the public can know what's going on. You (jury) are the first ones that can open those doors."

"It's time to hold Ms. Haynes accountable for her actions. Send a message to the community corruption in the district is no more."

"There was no law that Ms. Haynes was required to block that passageway."

"Look at video, she's smiling while her elbow is up. This is a joke to her."

"If she (Haynes) takes a hickey she (Chappell) takes a hickey. She doesn't flinch when Haynes lies about assault claims."

"Jerry Jordan can be a knucklehead but she cannot bar him from a press conference. That's a no brainer for a lawyer."

"Chappell, get real! She doesn't know more about public passages than two police officers and board member."

"Melody Chappell has a unique problem, she protects the interest of BISD at any cost. She gets big bucks to do so."

*DEFENSE CLOSING ARGUMENTS*

 "The right thing is Jessie Haynes is not guilty. I will now leave Ms. Haynes fate in your hands."

"This trial is to focus all frustrations on a single individual and that's not right, that's not fair."

"Neil had no authority to direct Haynes. Neil could've gone to Chargois if he had a problem."

 "Trustees when not conducting business in meeting form, they're not entitled to roam the building."

 "Chappell talked and said controlling media is a problem. The place was closing for business."

 "8/1/13 incident happens & if Haynes is committing crimes why March '14 a 2 year contract is approved? Is she that bad?"

"The idea that media has unlimited access even when rude or acting in disorderly manner is not true."

"Idea that Chappell is shield of district doesn't make her biased in this case."

"You can look at photos, still frames of the video and see they're photoshopped."

"Defendant is presumed to be innocent. Look for contradictions in evidence because the prosecution has thrown a lot of stuff."

"How many lawyers does it take to try a Class B Misdemeanor? You will decide what the truth is and what makes sense."

"This is a blame Ms. Haynes about how everyone feels about BISD. She's not superintendent/board, she's an employee."

 

(Wednesday) JEFFERSON COUNTY - BISD attorney Melody Chappell testified about a discussion she says she had with an internet journalist prior to the confrontation between the journalist, a school board member and Jessie Haynes.

The testimony for the defense came in day 3 of Jessie Haynes' trial. She's charged with obstructing a public passageway. If convicted of the Class B Misdemeanor, she could face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Judge Langston Adams is presiding over the trial in County Court at Law Number 3.

Haynes is charged with blocked a door inside the administration building following an August 1, 2013 school board meeting. BISD attorney Melody Chappell was answering reporters questions. Haynes says Chappell told her internet journalist Jerry Jordan couldn't enter the room. Board member Mike Neil says he walked up to the door to find out why and there was contact between Haynes and Neil. Haynes claimed she was assaulted but no charges were ever filed.

Chappell testified Wednesday that on some day prior to the confrontation August 1, she was in the presence of Jordan when he looked in her direction and said, "There's only one profession that makes more than you standing up." Chappell testified she told Ron Reynolds, who was then a BISD communications specialist, that she would talk with members of the media who requested interviews but not with Jordan.

Chappell also testified Wednesday that Mike Neil had no authority as a trustee to 'roam the halls' of the building. She testified there are now signs posted the doors that state only BISD employees are to be admitted. Chappell and prosecutors disagreed about whether that area is a public area.

The defense played video that shows Jordan escorted out by a BISD Police Department officer. Chappell said she doesn't recall talking with the officer, who testified Chappell told her not to let Jordan in the room where Chappell was answering reporters' questions.

Mike Neil has testified Haynes didn't have the authority to block the door in her role as a communications specialist. He tesifitied that as a member of the media, Jordan should have had access to the hallway where other media were gathered.  

Neil described that he reached behind Haynes to the door handle. He told her she did not run the district. Neil testified Haynes blocked him with her elbow and later shoved him.  He said he made every attempt to avoid contact with Haynes. Neil testified Haynes said Neil assaulted her and shoved her to the ground. Neil testified that  Chappell has no authority to instruct Haynes or anyone else in the district for that matter. He said Chappell is there as counsel to the board.  

Jordan has testified that he had a conversation with Chappell but not on August 1.  He said the statement he made to her was a 'lawyer joke' and that if Chappell really had a problem with him, then why did she hire him to provide pool tables for Project Graduation.   He said their relationship was 'quasi-decent.' He said he was not told why he wasn't allowed in the room and was asked to present his media credentials.  



 

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