Ross-Jones Found Not Guilty

By Adam Chick

Ross-Jones Found Not Guilty

December 12, 2012 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The defense in the Joseph Ross-Jones murder trial didn't call any witnesses to the stand Monday, believing the prosecution didn't do enough to get a conviction. Wednesday, the jury agreed, finding Joseph Ross-Jones not guilty for his role in the death of 27-year-old Daniel Martinez.

Ross-Jones was accused of killing Daniel Martinez after a marijuana deal went bad. Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen said he doesn't think there's anything he could have done differently to convict Ross-Jones.

"I thought it was a full and complete presentation of the evidence. Once it's handed to the jury, we've completed our job and it's for them to do theirs," said Mollen.

Mollen did say that Ross-Jones' attorney, James Moran, told the jury things in his closing argument that weren't true. However, opening and closing statements are not considered evidence, and only in rare instances can they be objected to.

The jury had asked the judge if they could be read Moran's closing statement, however that request was refused.

"I think the evidence from our perspective was clear. And it was presented to the jury I think in a clear way," said Mollen.

Mollen refused to comment after his client regained his freedom. The defense never denied that Ross-Jones was with Daniel Doherty the night Martinez was killed. Doherty did take the stand and admitted shooting Martinez twice and slicing his throat.

He also said the whole plan was Ross-Jones' idea. It was up to the jury to decide whether Ross-Jones played a big enough role to send him to prison.
"As the judge said to them. Any verdict that they believe is in accordance with the law that's been given them is the right verdict no matter what it is," said Mollen.

Members of Ross-Jones' family also declined to comment on camera, but said "justice was served."