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Alex Jones expected to resume Sandy Hook testimony next week as trial resumes

New York Daily News 9/27/2022 Brian Niemietz

Testimony resumed in Alex Jones defamation trial Tuesday, where the “Infowars” star is expected to take the stand again next week.

The third week of hearings in the case included further testimony from family members of the 26 people shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a 2012 massacre Jones and his supporters labeled a “hoax.”

Jurors are deciding on damages owed by to the family’s impacted by the right-wing pundit’s conspiracy theories. He was found liable for his actions in 2021.

InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside Waterbury Superior Court during his trial on September 21, 2022 in Waterbury, Connecticut. © Joe Buglewicz InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside Waterbury Superior Court during his trial on September 21, 2022 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

InfoWars founder Alex Jones speaks to the media outside Waterbury Superior Court during his trial on September 21, 2022 in Waterbury, Connecticut. (Joe Buglewicz/)

Jones’ encore performance, which reportedly will take place next week, follows last week’s absurdities that saw the defendant argue with plaintiff’s lawyers and talk back at a judge on Thursday. His lawyers surprised the court Friday by announcing they were postponing the 48-year-old broadcaster’s cross-examination.

“I’m done saying I’m sorry!” Jones declared during one outburst.

He said last month during a similar in trial in Texas that he now “100%” accepts the school shooting in Connecticut happened. That jury ordered him to pay nearly $50 million in punitive and compensatory damages.

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The court once more heard from witnesses Tuesday who claimed Jones’ followers badgered them relentlessly, insisting Sandy Hook victims and survivors were party to a conspiracy meant to gain sympathy for gun control legislation. The mother of one slain 6-year-old student said she was sent photos of dead children by Sandy Hook doubters wanting her to see what a dead child “should look like.”

Former “Infowars” employee Joshua Owens also took the stand Tuesday, reportedly telling jurors that during the four years he worked for Jones, there were incentives to find evidence that supported false claims made by the show’s host.

One example, Owens claimed, aimed to convince viewers they should buy iodine tablets from Jones to treat radiation poison the host falsely claimed was drifting into the U.S from Japan. Owens began working for Jones six months after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and left that job in 2017 disillusioned, the Independent said.

Jones’ long history of ridiculous claims included his insistence that the terror attacks of 9/11 were an “inside job,” the U.S. government was using “chemical warfare” to make frogs and humans gay and that the 2020 election was rigged against Donald Trump.

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His attorneys are trying to convince the six-person jury that financial damages caused by Jones’ lies were not exorbitant. Hearings continue at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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