A homicide trial is no place for the faint of heart. That is especially true in the murder trial of John Ben Jones Jr., a Tacoma man whose crime requires adjectives usually reserved for the jacket of a Stephen King novel.
Start with macabre. According to Sean Robinson’s article (TNT 5/9), a foul smell emanating from Jones’ room led his mother to discover a man’s decomposing body.
Move on to grisly. The body, that of Jones’ friend, Wayne Williams, had been partially dismembered and stuffed into trash bags.
The shock value of Jones’ crime is undeniable. …