Jessica Jones was killed in an auto accident on July 23, 2008 while riding with another girl who had a blood alcohol level of .145 (according to the State of Alabama toxicology report). Jessica's Aunt, Glenda Popwell, and her parents, Randy & Deborah Jones, were told by the District Attorney's office that they could present any evidence they wished to, or statements at the sentencing of the driver of the car who had plead guilty to manslaughter. However, at sentencing, Judge Sibley Reynolds advised the family of the girl that was killed in the wreck, to seek "grief" counseling, and to GET OVER IT...Reynolds did NOT allow the family to read their statements. Glenda Popwell told me that Reynolds slammed his hand down at the bench, when he said, "get over it, I said to get over it". In Glenda, Randy & Deborah's Letter To The Editor, they wrote, "These dealings with the legal system in Chilton County, and with this judge, have been the second worst thing we have ever had to go through. It has severely tested our faith in the system, and our belief that court proceedings are fair and just."
I can certainly agree with Glenda, Randy and Deborah concerning the actions by Judge Reynolds. In another sentencing hearing I attended where Reynolds was the judge, the same procedure was repeated. A witness was denied the right to speak on behalf of this individual, and in fact, was hauled OUT OF THE COURTROOM, by the sheriff, himself. Later at a Rule 32 Hearing, this witness did get her testimony on record, and testified to the behavior of Reynolds at the sentencing hearing, as the entire procedure being "pre-determined" and prejudicial. (This was in Autauga County). Another time, this same individual had a hearing before Judge Reynolds to have evidence presented, and before the hearing, Reynolds stated that he would allow the hearing, BUT that it would be held OFF THE RECORD. All proceedings in Circuit Court are to be transcribed by a court reporter. THAT IS THE LAW. Reynolds has a way of by passing the law. I AM WITNESS TO THAT!!
Glenda, Randy, and Deborah...I say to you today, that your pain has not gone unheard. You are in my prayers, and I promise you, I will help you every step of the way, to see that someone runs against Judge Sibley Reynolds. We MUST take all steps to see that he does not get re-elected.