Man at center of GPS case to remain detained before fourth trial

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Local,DC,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

The former D.C. nightclub owner at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court decision about GPS tracking has been ordered to remain in jail while awaiting a fourth trial.

Antoine Jones is charged with a drug-conspiracy offense. He is accused of receiving cocaine shipments from Mexico and redistributing the drug in the D.C. area.

Jones has been in custody since he was arrested in 2005. His third trial in the case took place earlier this year in D.C. federal court and ended in a hung jury.

Prosecutors intend to retry Jones again. On Tuesday, Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered that Jones be held pending his fourth trial, writing that "the Court again concludes that no condition or combination of conditions [of release] will reasonably assure the safety of the community."

Jones' first trial also resulted in a hung jury on the cocaine-conspiracy charge. His second trial led to a conviction, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

But a federal appeals court tossed out his conviction, and the Supreme Court affirmed the appeals court's decision, taking issue with the fact that law enforcement had installed a GPS device in Jones' Jeep without a valid warrant.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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