Alex Jones on trial: Sandy Hook dad and mom testify concerning the ‘hell’ he precipitated.

A jury will decide how much damages Jones will have to pay parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who entered a default judgment earlier this year. An attorney representing Heslin and Lewis asked a jury last week to award Heslin and Lewis $150 million.

Fighting back tears at times, Heslin told jurors that Jones had “tarnished his son’s honor and legacy” through his conspiracy media organization Infowars. Heslin said he “can’t even begin to describe the last nine and a half years of hell” he went through because of Jones.

“There needs to be a strong deterrent to prevent him from spreading this propaganda,” Heslin said, adding that he wants to “restore my credibility, my reputation and Jesse’s legacy that he so deserves” through his testimony.

As Heslin testified, a photo of his slain son, six-year-old Jesse Lewis, was shown on the courtroom television screen. Jones, who is scheduled to testify in his own defense later Tuesday, was not in the courtroom during Heslin’s testimony and the first part of Lewis’ testimony. Heslin called that absence “an act of cowardice.”

“I’ve been here for a week and a half [during] my final testimony, Mr. Alex Jones does not have the guts to sit in front of me or face me,” Heslin said.

A lawyer representing Heslin and Lewis told CNN that the two had to be isolated and protected by professional security during the trial.

Heslin also said on the stand that the lies Jones was pushing were “resonating around the world” and that he realized “how dangerous they are.”

Heslin described repeatedly encountering those who believed in Jones over the past ten years, saying that such interactions continue “to this day.”

“My life was in danger,” Heslin said. “I fear for my life. I fear for my safety, my family’s safety and their lives.”

“Jesse was real.” I’m a real mom’

In a remarkable moment in court, Lewis spoke directly to Jones, who was in the courtroom after the trial began for lunch. She said she wanted to address Jones to his face.

“Jesse was real,” Lewis told Jones. – I am a real mother.

Lewis told Jones that she didn’t think he really believed the lies he was pushing about Sandy Hook.

“That’s the problem, I know you know that,” Lewis told Jones. “But you keep saying it. Why? Why? For money?”

Lewis said “having my six-year-old son shot in the forehead at school” is an “excruciating pain”.

“And then for someone to perpetuate a lie on top of that, that it was a hoax, that it didn’t happen, that it was a false flag, and that I was an actress — you think I’m an actress? Lewis asked.

Lewis told jurors that monetary damages were appropriate in this case because she doesn’t believe Jones will ever stop.

“There was no sincere apology,” she said. “But if it ever happened, I liken it to being in a car accident where you hit someone and you do massive bodily harm, and then you look at that person on the ground and you say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I’m very sorry, I’m not responsible for the damage I just did. But I’m sorry. That’s how I see it.”

Even so, Lewis said he doesn’t believe Jones understands the consequences of “broadcasting with a huge audience, lying and calling it a hoax.”

“It’s so unbelievable to me that we have to do this,” Lewis told Jones. “That we have to beg you — not just beg, but punish you — to stop lying… It’s surreal what’s going on here.”

Lewis also testified in court that she was harassed and received death threats, including in her own home. All this, she says, reopens the wounds of her son’s murder.

“Fear and anxiety and insecurity … is keeping me from healing,” Lewis said. “It really negatively affects the healing process.”

Lewis described conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook as “very disturbing.”

“I feel compromised,” Lewis said, describing how he feels about his personal safety.

Forensic psychiatrist Roy Lubit, who was hired to examine Heslin and Lewis, testified in court Monday that both parents were scared and concerned for their personal safety.

Lubit told the court that Lewis and Heslin “are very, very scared.” When asked to elaborate on what they were afraid of, Lubit said, “Some Jones follower is trying to kill them.”

Lubit explained that Lewis sleeps with a gun, a knife and pepper spray on his nightgown. Lubit added that she won’t even turn on the air conditioner on hot days for fear of hearing an intruder who might injure her.

Lewis testified Tuesday that she had the gun to protect her other son, and told the jury that she failed to protect one son and would do everything in her power to prevent any harm from happening to her other child.

“It’s Not Your Show”

Jones took the stand in the afternoon, telling the court he felt “good” that he had been given the chance to stand up to the plaintiffs and the media.

From the stand, Jones told Heslin and Lewis, “I never intentionally tried to hurt you.”

Jones said “the internet had a lot of questions” about the Sandy Hook shooting, and so did he. Jones said he was just “trying to figure out what really happened.”

After the jury left the courtroom following Jones’ testimony, plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Bankston accused Jones and his attorney, Federico Andino Reynal, of trying to “poison” the trial. Bankston said they will make a motion for sanctions against both Jones and Reynal.

Bankston specifically said Jones violated court orders when he tried to discuss his net worth from the stand.

“Mr. Jones just intentionally did this in violation of your order to try to poison this compensatory damage verdict to try to tell the jury that it was broken, which it wasn’t, and that violates your order,” Bankston told the judge.

Judge Maya Guerra Gamble said she will hear any formal sanctions motions against Jones and Reynal after the trial.

But Gamble admonished Jones for his behavior and said he had already twice broken his oath to tell the truth.

“Mr. Jones, you can’t tell this jury that you did discovery. That’s not true. You can’t say that again. You can’t tell this jury that you’re bankrupt. That’s not true either,” Gamble said. .

“You’re already sworn to tell the truth,” Gamble added. “You’ve already broken that oath twice today, just with those two examples. It seems absurd to make you testify again that you must tell the truth. But here I am again.”

“It’s not your show,” Gamble added.

Jones tried to tell Gamble that he believed he was telling the truth.

“You believe everything you say is true, but your beliefs don’t make something true,” Gamble said. “That’s what we do here. Just because you say something is true doesn’t mean it’s true. It doesn’t protect you. It’s not allowed. You swear it. It means that everything must actually be true when you say them.”

At the end of the trial, Lewis approached Jones and handed him a bottle of water as he complained that the lacerations made it difficult for him to speak.

Jones began talking to Lewis and Heslin, and the exchange with Heslin became heated.

An attorney for Heslin and Lewis interjected, telling Jones as he escorted his clients out of the courtroom, “That’s not even a thought. That’s not how it is.”

Jones shouted: “Why because you can’t feed them fake videos anymore?”

Other legal changes

Jones has railed against the ongoing legal proceedings and last week falsely claimed he was being tried in Texas before a “kangaroo court”. Infowars also published content that viciously attacked the judges overseeing the cases.

Jones’ media company, Free Speech Systems, which operates Infowars, filed for bankruptcy on Friday.

Jury selection began Tuesday in Connecticut for a similar trial involving the families of Jones and Sandy Hook, where Jones was also responsible for the damage earlier this year. But jury selection was halted after Jones’ attorneys filed documents in federal court seeking to have the case removed from Free Speech Systems’ bankruptcy case.

Attorneys representing some Sandy Hook families have accused Jones of siphoning assets from Free Speech Systems in recent years to protect himself from potential judgments he may be ordered to pay.

One of the attorneys, Avi Moshenberg, told CNN on Tuesday that Free Speech Systems’ bankruptcy filing indicated that the company was stripped of $62 million in 2021 and 2022.

“If you look at the bankruptcy filing that followed the bankruptcy filing, Alex Jones, the sole owner [of Free Speech Systems]2021 and 2022 won 62 million USD, Moshenberg told CNN. That’s why the company has few assets.”

An attorney representing Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. But a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in which Free Speech Systems’ chief restructuring officer, W. Marc Schwartz, is expected to testify.

CNN’s Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.

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