Jimmy Ates found guilty of murder again

Jimmy Ates found guilty of murder again

There are 19 comments on the Northwest Florida Daily News story from Mar 10, 2011, titled Jimmy Ates found guilty of murder again. In it, Northwest Florida Daily News reports that:

Jimmy Ates again has been found guilty of murdering his wife Norma Jean Ates nearly 20 years ago.

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holy crap

Argyle, FL

#1 Mar 11, 2011
how you can conivct somebody of murder with DNA evidence that does not belong to accused is beyond me
holy crap

Argyle, FL

#2 Mar 11, 2011
reminds me of an old song " that's the night that the lights went out in "Baker"....
judge

Branford, FL

#3 Jun 2, 2011
I was present for this trial from start to finish. This was a compelling and overwhelming case of Jimmy Ates guilt. And now 18 jurors from the community have agreed in two separate trials. His conviction had a lot to do with the fact that he himself said he was in the home at the time the victim dialed 911 (he didn't know she was able to dial). Additionally, 6-7 other folks put him at the house during and after the known time of the victim's murder. An alibi fire was set in the home (no other person needs to set an alibi fire- they would be concerned with setting an evidence destruction fire); and jimmy ates got caught in so many lies on the stand. I'm sorry his family members (perhaps holy crap included) are having a hard time accepting this- I know they have spent over $500,000 trying to buy justice- but the facts are the facts and the truth is the truth whether its 1991, 1998 or 2011. Praise God- to Him all the glory for making sure justice had the final word in this case!
judge is God

Valparaiso, FL

#4 Oct 22, 2011
there is alot you dont know about dirty politics and how connections by state can land a conviction, even twice with 18 pressured jurors....
selena

United States

#5 Dec 5, 2011
This is crazy. Second time around jimbo your in there for life
Rusty

Topeka, KS

#6 Feb 23, 2012
DNA evidence under her fingernails that does not belong to her husband? And an unknown fingerprint? Good God! Husbands are an endangered species.
TOC

Portland, OR

#7 Nov 15, 2012
I can't find any credible news about him getting convicted a second time. Also, if he did get convicted a second time, wouldn't that violate the double jeopardy law?
Daveslats

Surrey, Canada

#8 May 28, 2013
TOC wrote:
I can't find any credible news about him getting convicted a second time. Also, if he did get convicted a second time, wouldn't that violate the double jeopardy law?
Double jeopardy only applies where someone is found 'not guilty'. In Ates' case a mistrial was declared, leaving the way open for the state to try him again.
Panamaed

United States

#9 May 28, 2013
NEXT!
Linda

San Jose, CA

#10 Aug 9, 2013
Rusty wrote:
DNA evidence under her fingernails that does not belong to her husband? And an unknown fingerprint? Good God! Husbands are an endangered species.
Although I have been in law enforcement for most of my life I agree with this writer. There were far too many "reasonable doubt" issues left unanswered. Unidentified DNA under the victim's fingernails, unidentified fingerprint ? The prosecution used the fact that she was dressed to go out as evidence. Because the victim was found dressed to go out the prosecution determined a sick person would have been dressed in something else as evidence. Since Norma had planned on going to the graduation, isn't it possible that she was getting ready to go when she ultimately decided she just felt too bad ? Did anyone ask what she was wearing when she made the decision not to go ? I'm seeing far too much husband "tunnel vision". It isn't ALWAYS the husband!
Linda

San Jose, CA

#11 Aug 9, 2013
Although I have been in law enforcement for most of my life I agree with this writer. There were far too many "reasonable doubt" issues left unanswered. Unidentified DNA under the victim's fingernails, unidentified fingerprint ? The prosecution used the fact that she was dressed to go out as evidence. Because the victim was found dressed to go out the prosecution determined a sick person would have been dressed in something else as evidence. Since Norma had planned on going to the graduation, isn't it possible that she was getting ready to go when she ultimately decided she just felt too bad ? Did anyone ask what she was wearing when she made the decision not to go ? I'm seeing far too much husband "tunnel vision". It isn't ALWAYS the husband
Esme

Elkton, MD

#12 Aug 12, 2013
He is definitely guilty. I have utmost faith in the verdict and absolutely no fear that the wrong man was convicted. If you weren't in the courtroom to hear all of the evidence, you have NO right to question the decision.
Cassie

Elkton, MD

#13 Aug 12, 2013
By the way, his "new" wife (I believe they are now divorced)needs to do some soul-searching. How can she live with herself? I understand she had the gall to blame the poor victim's grief-stricken family for pushing to bring this murderer to justice--WTF? What kind of a person is she?
Ed Gein

Denver, CO

#14 Oct 31, 2013
judge is God wrote:
there is alot you dont know about dirty politics and how connections by state can land a conviction, even twice with 18 pressured jurors....
It's "A LOT," not alot you moron.
Knowin It

Panama City, FL

#15 Oct 31, 2013
Ed Gein wrote:
<quoted text>
It's "A LOT," not alot you moron.
Oooooooh, the language police is on the prowl.
Maverick

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Nov 2, 2013
I have to agree with Linda. Some of the unknowns lead to a reasonable doubt and with that doubt comes the responsibility to NOT convict someone. There is the DNA evidence and another suspect that was never considered. There is the unknown fingerprint. Who does it belong to since it was proven that it is not James Ates'? And where is the evidence that shows how long it took for him to get to the high school from his home? There was testimony by some broken down vehicle owner that he spoke to Mr. Ates outside the home at approximately 6:15 PM proving that Ates was home at the time of the murder. Sorry but being home at 6:15 doesn't prove that he committed murder at 6:25 when the 911 call was made. And to argue that witness' testimony, there were numerous witnesses that put him at the high school at 6:30? What about the photos and videos of him at the school when the 911 call was made? Did he get transported to the high school by Captain James T. Kirk so he could have conceivably been in two places at the same time? Sorry but, as a former police officer and a criminal defense investigator, I see too many unanswered questions for there to have been a guilty verdict on the second trial. We won't even go to the first trial since we already know that case was overturned on appeal.
lion

Ljubljana, Slovenia

#17 Jan 23, 2014
It is shame he was convicted again!!!
American system is stupid
Some other cases when convicted were later INNOCENT: William Dillon, Josh Keezer and Doulgas Prade..
what means this? That jury is stupid!
eric

Charlotte, NC

#18 Sep 2, 2015
Esme wrote:
He is definitely guilty. I have utmost faith in the verdict and absolutely no fear that the wrong man was convicted. If you weren't in the courtroom to hear all of the evidence, you have NO right to question the decision.
No right? No right to offer an opinion? Are you serious? We all have the absolute right to disagree with a decision made by a jury, appeals court or the USSC, or the President.
Perhaps our opinion is based on nothing more than a hunch. We still have the right to express it. The next time you are about to order someone to hold their opinion, perhaps you will stop and resist the temptation.
Donna m

Auburn, NY

#19 Sep 2, 2015
[Guilty,guilty_ why can't people solve problems in another way besides MURDER

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