Alex Jones, Sandy Hook parents to testify Tuesday in Texas defamation damages trial

Alex Jones and two Sandy Hook parents are expected to testify Tuesday in a Texas trial to determine how much the Infowars host owes the parents in defamation damages.

Parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis have been anticipated to take the stand in the trial, which began last Monday in Travis County District Court in Austin. But even Jones’ attorney had been unsure whether his client would testify until the end of the day Monday.

The judge had told the attorney he had until 5 p.m. Texas time to tell her. With 19 minutes to spare, he asked to leave the courtroom to call Jones.

“Yes, your honor, we will be calling Alex Jones,” attorney Andino Reynal said.

Attorney Mark Bankston, representing Heslin and Lewis, smiled at the news.

“Personally, I'm glad Alex Jones isn't going to run from this trial,” Bankston said outside the courtroom moments later. “We’re going to show the jury who the real Alex Jones is tomorrow.”

Heslin and Lewis have been in the courtroom for the majority of witness testimony over the past week. However, at the advice of therapists, they did not listen to the hours of testimony on Monday from a psychotherapist and a forensic psychiatrist that described the trauma they have experienced due to the lies perpetuated on Jones’ Infowars about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed their 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis.

The testimony came as their attorney announced that the parents are isolating with security professionals due to “encounters” they’ve had in Austin. Attorneys did not provide further details.

The judge said Monday that closing arguments may be presented on Wednesday.