The State newspaper reports the hearing for 37-year-old Timothy Jones started Monday and Jones' father was testifying about his son's intelligence when the reporter entered Wednesday.
Judge Eugene "Bubba" Griffith recognized the reporter and immediately halted the hearing.
The newspaper says police officers from Mississippi were in the courtroom to discuss what Jones said after his 2014 arrest and whether those statements would be allowed at Jones' death penalty trial beginning April 29.
Authorities say Jones killed his children in their Lexington County home, put their bodies in trash bags and drove for nine days before leaving them on a hillside in Camden, Alabama.
Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com
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