Mental health evaluation ordered for Jewell Jones following Livingston County jail incident

A judge has ordered a mental health evaluation for Jewell Jones during a pre-trial hearing Friday. The Inkster lawmaker was back in court after an incident at the Livingston County jail. 

Jones, who has been in and out of courtrooms for much of the year, brought a handcuff key to jail when he was scheduled to be sentenced following a third bond violation. He had tried to tape the key to the bottom of his foot. 

Appearing in court around 9 a.m., Jones, spoke little while attorneys deliberated with the judge. His next appearance in court will be on Oct. 15 while the system waits for other matters related to the case to catch up to the current one, Judge said, citing "judicious economy."

Jones and one of his attorneys have also parted ways after a breakdown in conversations between the two parties. 

Jones was removed from his committee assignments Thursday after his bond was revoked Tuesday when he violated the conditions of his release by ingesting alcohol, according to his tether. 

He was arrested but appeared in court via Zoom the next day after he allegedly tried to sneak a handcuff key into jail. Jones is accused of taping the key to his foot. It was found during intake, Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy said.

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Jones' first run-in with the law was in April when he allegedly crashed an SUV while driving drunk.