Jason Mooney Chronology

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 6, 2008

The Ironton Tribune

* Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007

Thelma Mooney is found dead at her Thomas Street residence.

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* Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007

Jason Mooney and his wife, Lisa, are arrested.

* Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A Lawrence County grand jury indicts Jason and Lisa Mooney.

* Friday, April 20, 2007

Charges are dropped against Lisa Mooney.

* Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Attorney Warren Morford says he will ask a judge for permission to hire an expert to evaluate the statement Jason Mooney made to police at the time of his arrest.

* Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Judge Charles Cooper approves Morford’s motion for Jason Mooney to have an expert testify about police methodology and false confessions. Rick Faulkner later becomes Mooney’s attorney.

* Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007

A Feb. 19, 2008, trial date is set for Jason Mooney.

* Wednesday, Jan. 30

Mooney’s murder trial is moved to March 24 and

Prosecutor J.B. Collier, Jr. requests time to have an expert examine Mooney to refute claims made by Huntington, W.Va., psychiatrist, Dr. Bobby Miller.

* Wednesday, March 19

The trial is rescheduled to April 21 to allow a psychologist for the prosecution to study a report submitted by Miller, whom defense attorneys intend to call as an expert witness on Mooney’s behalf.

* Friday, April 11

Miller testifies during a pre-trial hearing that Mooney suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

* Monday, April 14

The Mooney murder trial is pushed to summer because a police officer who must testify during the trial is scheduled for surgery.

Miller will not be allowed to testify as an expert witness, Judge Cooper rules.

* Monday, June 2

Cooper rules that statements Mooney made to police prior

to his arrest will be used during his trial.

* Thursday June 5

Mooney freed after charges against him are dropped because of lack of evidence.