The jury hearing the case will determine how much damages Jones will have to pay to his parents, Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who won a default judgment against him earlier this year. An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis asked the jury last week to award Heslin and Lewis $150 million.
Sometimes holding back tears, Heslin told the jury that Jones, through his conspiratorial media organization, Infowars, had “stained the honor and legacy” of his son. Heslin says he can’t even “begin to describe the last nine and a half years of hell” he’s endured because of Jones.
“A strong deterrent is needed to stop him from peddling this propaganda,” Heslin said.
As Heslin testified, the television screen in the courtroom showed a photograph of his murdered 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis. Jones, who is expected to testify in his defense later on Tuesday, was absent from the courtroom during Heslin’s testimony and the first part of Lewis’ testimony. Heslin called the absence “an act of cowardice.”
“I’ve been here for a week and a half and [during] my final testimony Mr. Alex Jones did not have the courage to sit in front of me or face me,” Heslin said.
An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis told CNN that the two needed to be isolated and under professional security during the trial.
Heslin also took the stance that the lie pushed by Jones “reverberated around the world” and that he realized “how dangerous it is”.
Heslin described having repeatedly confronted Jones’ believers over the past ten years, saying such interactions occur “to this day.”
“My life was at stake,” Heslin said. “I fear for my life. I fear for the safety of me and my family and their lives.”
Lewis also testified in court that she had been harassed and received death threats, including at her own home, all of which she said reopened the wounds surrounding the child’s murder. his son.
Lewis said: “Fear, anxiety and insecurity… make me incurable. “It definitely negatively impacts the healing process.”
Lewis described the Sandy Hook conspiracy theories as “incredibly disturbing.”
“I feel compromised,” Lewis said, describing how she feels about her personal security.
Roy Lubit, a forensic psychiatrist who was hired to conduct the autopsy on Heslin and Lewis, testified in court on Monday about the extent of his horror and concern for the fathers’ personal safety. mom.
Lubit told the court that Lewis and Heslin were “very, very scared.” When asked to state who they are afraid of, Lubit replied, “Some of Jones’ followers are trying to kill them.”
Lubit added that Lewis slept with a gun, a knife and pepper spray on her nightly counter. Lubit added that she won’t even turn on the air conditioner on hot days for fear of not being able to hear an intruder who might come to hurt her.
Lewis testified on Tuesday that she possessed a gun to keep her other son safe, telling the jury she failed to keep a son safe and would do whatever it took. her ability to ensure that no harm was done to her remaining child.
Jury selection for a similar trial involving the Jones and Sandy Hook families began Tuesday in Connecticut, where Jones was also held liable for damages earlier this year.
Jones has attacked the ongoing judicial proceedings, last week unfounded that he was being tried in Texas before a “kangaroo court.” Infowars has also published content attacking judges overseeing cases in viscous terms.
Attorneys representing several of the Sandy Hook families have accused Jones of draining Free Speech System assets in recent years as part of an effort to protect himself from potential convictions that he may not have received. he may have to pay.
One of the lawyers, Avi Moshenberg, told CNN on Tuesday that bankruptcy filings filed by Free Speech Systems indicated that $62 million in assets had been withdrawn from the company in 2021 and 2022.
“If you look at the bankruptcy filing, which resulted in bankruptcy, Alex Jones, sole proprietor [of Free Speech Systems], which pulled in $62 million in draws in 2021 and 2022,” Moshenberg told CNN. Just frankly draw the lottery. That is why the company has few assets. “
An attorney representing Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. But a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, in which W. Marc Schwartz, director of restructuring for the Free Language System, is expected to testify.