HOWELL, Mich. – The attorney who was putting together the defense for Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones departed the case Friday morning.
Ali Hammoud said he can’t go on defending Jones, claiming there was a “breakdown in the relationship.”
“It is best if he seeks new council at this time,” Hammoud said.
Jones was clad in an orange uniform and handcuffs in court Friday morning.
Livingston County sheriff said Jones was found with a handcuff key taped to his alcohol-patterned socks in jail Tuesday.
Elder Dr. Paul Turner Jr. -- a mentor of Jones -- said the representative isn’t a criminal, he’s in crisis.
“He is a volunteer police officer. He knows he can’t do anything with that key,” Turner said. “Something is wrong.”
Friday was the hearing on Jones’ DUI and resisting arrest charges from his widely publicized arrest on I-96 in April.
Attorney Byron Nolan, who is representing Jones, asked the court for Jones to undergo a mental health evaluation immediately.
“I want to know what’s going on,” Nolan said. “If it’s medical, get that treated, find out results.”
Former Michigan state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo expressed concern for her former colleague.
“The signs I am seeing, this is not the Jones I know,” Gay-Dagnogo said.