SMITHLAND -- Two Livingston County murder trials will proceed in the spring, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Jackie Doom and Tyler Jones appeared in Livingston Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Doom faces three counts of murder in the December deaths of January Stone, Robert Belt and Johnny Mallory, while Jones is accused of murdering Peyton Hurt at a house party in June 2018.

Defense and prosecutors requested two weeks to try Doom's case, considering attorneys will have to question potential jurors individually.

Commonwealth's Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins has filed notice of aggravating circumstances in Doom's case, paving the way for the state to seek enhanced punishments, including the death penalty.

Judge C.A. "Woody" Woodall set the trial to begin April 20.

Doom is next due in court for a pretrial hearing Dec. 18.

Jones was initially set for trial next month, but defense attorney Audrey Lee requested a continuance due to some evidence she said she hasn't yet seen, and said she wished to hire a forensic psychologist to look over results from a psychological evaluation of Jones.

Woodall expressed reluctance to reschedule the trial, considering how many witness subpoenas had already been returned, but did acknowledge that the Department of Public Advocacy, for whom Lee works, had not initially represented Jones.

Jones was initially represented by private attorney Will Kautz, who withdrew from the case early this year, and Woodall said he granted the continuance out of an abundance of caution.

Woodall set a trial date of March 16 for Jones, whose final pretrial hearing is set for Feb. 14. Woodall also set an interim pretrial hearing for Dec. 18.

Alexis Johnson, accused of hindering prosecution in the case against Jones, did not appear in court Wednesday, though Ovey-Wiggins said her attorney had filed a motion to sever Johnson's charge from Jones' case.

Ovey-Wiggins did not object, and Woodall granted that motion, setting a pretrial for Johnson on the same date as Jones' December hearing.

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