Jonesboro Woman Convicted on Alcohol Charges Gets New Trial

MARCH 21, 2006 - Posted at 6:58 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Tonya Curtis, a Jonesboro mom accused of providing alcohol to minors, was back in court on Tuesday. 

She is appealing her June 2005 conviction.

In June, Curtis was convicted of 24 out of 29 counts.

She has chosen to face a trial by jury for the same crimes she was convicted of.

The same players who testified at Curtis' last trial were present on Tuesday.

Several of the students who were present at the party on April 15th, 2005 testified in court.

In addition to the students, officers who responded to the scene told the court what they witnessed the night of the party.

Defense Attorney Martin Lilly said he feels this appeal is in his clients’ best interest.

“I believe, when it's all said and done, that the jury will see that this, although it was an unfortunate situation, it wasn't as bad as some say it was,” said Martin Lilly.

Court went into recess Tuesday night at 4:30. 

The defense and the prosecution have rested their cases.

Court will re-convene Wednesday morning at 9:30.