Alex Jones Loses Sole Custody of Kids

Ex-wife to decide where 3 kids will live
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2017 9:55 AM CDT
Alex Jones Loses Sole Custody of Kids
Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on April 17.   (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

(Newser) – A jury in Texas has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife, reports the AP. State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo also announced Kelly Jones will decide where their three children will live, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The Travis County jury deliberated for nine hours before returning its verdict late Thursday.

In closing arguments, Kelly Jones' attorney told jurors the radio personality is a "cult leader" who's turning their children against his ex-wife, who said she was thinking of writing a book about their situation. “He’s not a stable person,” Kelly Jones said in court. “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped." She said that because her ex-husband broadcasts from home, their three kids, ages 14, 12, and 9, are exposed to his rants. His attorney countered that he's "playing a character." Earlier, Alex Jones' attorney told the jury the children are thriving under Jones' care and he should remain the sole caregiver; the kids have lived with him since 2015. (Jones and his site Infowars face a separate legal battle with yogurt maker Chobani.)

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