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Mixed Signals from Jury in Jones Trial

Friends and supporters of defendant Daniel Jones gather in a prayer circle Friday. Friends and supporters of defendant Daniel Jones gather in a prayer circle Friday.
Defendant Daniel Jones, foreground, awaits a verdict on Friday. Defendant Daniel Jones, foreground, awaits a verdict on Friday.

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It was another roller-coaster ride in the Daniel Jones sex assault trial Friday.

The jury received the case last week Wednesday. After seven grueling days of deliberations, jurors Friday morning contacted the judge and said they had reached a partial verdict.

The parties rushed to the courthouse upon hearing the news. Before entering the courtroom, Jones and his supporters decided to form a circle and pray.

Then suddenly, the jury announced it changed its mind and wanted to go back into deliberations.

Jones was an instructor at the Rosalie Woodson Dance Academy in Aiea. Five female students testified he sexually assaulted them on separate occasions.

The defendant's supporters include the owner of the dance studio. Jones cried as his mentor, Rosalie Woodson, hugged him at the courthouse.

The 21-year-old is charged with 18 counts of sex assault. It appeared the jury of seven men and five women had reached agreement on some of the counts, while being deadlocked on the others.

The jury went at it for the rest of the day. Jurors threw in the towel at about 4:15 p.m.

They are scheduled to resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

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