SUV crash case: Defense continues negotiating to avoid trial

The Alaska Courthouse in Cordova. (Oct. 13, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Talks are underway to avoid a trial in the case of a man accused of manslaughter, his attorney said at a Tuesday, Oct. 13 pre-trial hearing. The case of Jesse James Jones, 51, of Cordova, will be continued to Dec. 8.

A trial in Cordova would not be possible until March 8, Assistant District Attorney Jordyn Caldwell said. Moshe Zorea, Jones’s attorney, said he was in regular communication about the case with state attorney Glenn Shidner.

“I received a communication from [Shidner] yesterday that we maybe have some further negotiations in the next week or two, seeing whether we can avoid trial,” Zorea said.

Jones was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving under the influence, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree following an Oct. 8, 2019 SUV rollover into Eyak Lake in which Jones’s passenger, Andrey Plisko, died.