People v. JonesAnnotate this Case
The Court of Appeal reversed defendant's conviction for second degree murder and child abuse, holding that her waiver of her right to a jury trial was not knowing, intelligent, and voluntary. The court held that the trial court's two-question inquiry to defendant did not show that she understood the nature of the right to a jury trial she was relinquishing. Furthermore, the record did not show that defendant understood that a jury was comprised of individuals from the community instead of, for example, a collection of judges. The court also held that there was sufficient corroboration of her boyfriend's accomplice testimony and that substantial evidence supported the convictions.