CONWAY, Ark. – In a surprise move by prosecutors, a former pastor accused of attacking a Mayflower man in 2017 is no longer facing charges.
The motion to dismiss the case came in the middle of Derek Jones’ trial on Valentine’s Day.
“The entrance to the church was right over here,” says former pastor Derek Jones.
It’s been a year and a half since Derek Jones led the Sold Out Church. The Conway congregation was celebrating a new location.
“We had just moved here and we’re really excited when everything went sour.”
It was June of 2017 when the former pastor became concerned about the safety of his cousin and went to check on him in Mayflower.
“I was doing what pastors do. It really wasn’t about the fact that it was my cousin, it was being a pastor,” says Jones.
Jones says his cousin tried to assault him.
“I made an attempt to retreat but he continued and at that point, I was left with no other choice but doing what I had to do under those circumstances,” says Jones.
Police arrested Jones and he was charged with domestic battery.
“That story, it started going viral and there was no information explaining that it was my cousin, an adult male that was drunk that attacked me,” he said.
But that all changed last week in court.
“The supposed victim in this case testimony broke down in an hour the prosecutor decided they could no longer ethically or morally because a mistake had been made.”
Even though doors to his church are now closed, Jones believes God has been faithful.
“Even though we had to endure a lot of pain, a lot of suffering, a lot of anguish. In all things God is working for good to those who love him.”
Jones says he still feels called to ministry but doesn’t know yet if he’ll ever pastor a church again.