Alex Jones

U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faces trial in Connecticut to determine how much he must pay a group of families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children, for falsely claiming it was a hoax. A jury in Texas, where Jones' radio show and webcast is based already held that Jones must pay two parents of a child killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre $49.3 million. In this Connecticut trial beginning this week, 14 family members of Sandy Hook victims are seeking damages from Jones and Free Speech Systems for claiming they were “crisis actors” who lied about their relatives’ deaths as part of a gun-grabbing conspiracy by the U.S. government. The trial follows more than four years of delays after Jones failed to comply with court orders and the plaintiffs' requests for documents, leading a judge to issue a default judgment against him last November. The trial concerns only how much Jones and his company must pay in damages.