Laurel Justice Court Judge David Lyons said Thursday he will be reviewing a video tape of the group’s May 14 arrest by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and other documents related to the case before rendering his verdict.
“Give me a little time,” Lyons said after both sides had rested Thursday. “Let me look at everything in the proper manner. Every day next week I have court, but it should not be more than two weeks.”
Jason Talley, Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller, who travel the country in an RV as part of the Motorhome Diaries, a popular Website, were originally stopped while traveling I-59 North by the Jones County Sheriff’s Department for a tag check.
However, deputy James Atkins, who testified in court, said the three were disruptive when stopped and didn’t obey his commands when they were asked to show identification.
“I was looking at the tags on the vehicle and couldn’t read the state,” Atkins said on the stand. “The writing was not legible. That’s what sparked my interest.”
Atkins said once the group’s vehicle was pulled over, he requested the driver, Pete Eyre, 28, to step out for safety reasons.
“I couldn’t see inside the RV, and I was more comfortable with him out talking to me,” he said. “I noticed a lot of movement in the back of the RV, and he (Eyre) said he had two other friends inside of the RV.”
Atkins said Mueller, 26, and Talley, 34, were also asked to leave the vehicle, and the three were positioned away from each other on both ends of the RV and squad car.
“Adam got out with a video recorder, and I asked him to stop filming,” Atkins recalled. “He advised me that he wouldn’t. He said there was nothing wrong with filming.”
Atkins said Mueller, who was told to stand behind the squad car, walked up to where he was conversing with Eyre “to get audio of the stop.”