Judge: Muncie man charged in 2018 murders to act as own attorney

An Indiana man charged in the 2018 slayings of two people found in a nature preserve and an abandoned farmhouse will act as his own attorney, a judge has ruled.

Daniel Lee Jones Sr., 39, faces murder charges in the execution-style slayings of 39-year-old Trinity Rose Parker, who was found in a Grant County farmhouse, and 35-year-old David L. Phillips, who was found in an Anderson nature preserve.

Four others have been charged in connection with the killings that took place in the summer of 2018.

Madison Circuit Court 6 Judge Mark Dudley granted Jones’ request to act as his own lawyer, but his public defender will serve as stand-by counsel during the trial, The (Muncie) Star Press reported. A message left Sunday for Jones’ public defender wasn’t immediately returned.

Jones previously underwent evaluations to determine his competency.

The trial was set to begin May 11.

Jones, formerly of Muncie, was being held at the Delaware County Jail, according to online records.

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