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Alex Jones Custody Trial: Conspiracy Theorist Loses Primary Custody

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By    |   Friday, 28 Apr 2017 01:28 PM

Alex Jones lost primary custody of his kids after a decision from a Texas jury just before midnight Thursday.

After deliberating for nine hours, a Travis County jury stripped the right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist of primary custody of his three children – ages 9, 12 and 14 – and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife Kelly Jones, according to USA Today.

The verdict means Kelly will also make the decision on where their children will live.

As the verdict was read by State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo late Thursday, Jones had a "serious" demeanor, but "otherwise betrayed no emotion," the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Prior to the verdict, Jones’ attorney argued that the "performance artist" should maintain sole custody of the kids, considering how well they were doing under his care. The attorney also said that Kelly was not fit to have joint custody because she’s "emotionally unstable."

However, Kelly’s attorney rebutted that argument, saying that Alex is nothing more than a "cult leader" who is bent on turning his children against their mother.

"Mr. Jones is like a cult leader," said Robert Hoffman, Kelly’s attorney, according to the Statesman. "The children appear to be cult followers, doing what daddy wants them to do."

After the verdict, Kelly addressed the media, saying how grateful she was "to God that he has kept me and my family strong through this."

"I just pray that from what’s happened with my family people can really understand what parental alienation syndrome is and get an awareness of it and we can stop this from happening in the future," she said.

Jones, who will now have visitation rights to see his children, has millions of followers for his "Infowars" radio show, which airs across the country and on the web, according to HuffPost.

He’s been known to make controversial remarks in the past, such as alluding to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a hoax.

According to BuzzFeed, during the 10-day trial, Naranjo wouldn’t allow evidence that showed Jones "angry, shirtless, and ranting" on his radio show because the judge didn’t "want this case tried in the press."

"It should be tried in here [the courtroom]," Naranjo said.

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