|Mayor Arnell Willis|
|Bobby "Ga Ga" Jones|
District Judge Jesse Porter found that there was probable cause and a warrant was issued for Bobby Jones's arrest. Jones was subsequently arrested and released, pending trial.
A request from Long's office to drop the charges was submitted by Deputy Prosecutor Todd Murray on February 15, 2011 and an order was signed by Circuit Judge Richard Proctor on March 2, 2011.
Bobby Jones is a well-known vote hustler in Helena-West Helena and an ardent supporter of new Mayor Arnell Willis. During his first weeks in office, Willis fired Sanitation Department Director Victor Jordan and replaced him with Jones.
According to the court file in this wife-beating case, where Jones was charged with Aggravated Residential Burglary, and 1st Degree Domestic Battery, Jones has two prior felony convictions.
The first came on March, 29, 1990 when Jones was convicted of burglary and theft of property, both felonies, in Phillips County Circuit Court. The docket number was CR 89-251. Jones was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Jones once again was convicted on March 11, 1996 of theft by receiving, a felony, in Phillips County Circuit Court. That docket number was CR 95-184. Jones was given a five year suspended sentence in that case.