Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones holds news conference as Waterbury trial continues

Sandy Hook families speak to court in Alex Jones defamation case
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:44 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 12:16 PM EDT
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WATERBURY, Conn. (WFSB) - Day six of Alex Jones’ second defamation trial has wrapped for the day.

Alex Jones has still not appeared inside the courtroom.

Parents of some of the students, as well as Sandy Hook Elementary School’s principal at the time, did speak to the court.

They spoke on what it has been like dealing with Jones’ coverage of this tragedy.

“Ben was, in many ways, a typical six-year-old boy,” said David Wheeler.

David Wheeler said his son, Benjamin, had a great sense of humor and adventure.

What made his son’s death worse was dealing with the conspiracy theories stemming from Alex Jones’ coverage.

“Posting stuff like I’m the best liar. I’m an actor, I’m a liar,” said Wheeler.

One conspiracy theory theorized that Wheeler and Bill Aldenberg, the FBI agent who responded to the shooting and testified on day one of the trial, were the same person.

“To have someone publicly tell you, telling the world it didn’t happen and you’re a fraud and a phony is incredibly disorienting,’ said Wheeler.

Erica Lafferty, Principal Dawn Hochsprung’s daughter, also talked about the toll.

“I’ve lived in six different places and it’s been five moves,” said Erica. “Mostly so people don’t know where I am.”

In court, things got tense whenever Jones’ attorney, Norm Pattis, cross examined witnesses.

From the beginning, Pattis has been trying to question the plaintiffs’ motivations, claiming they could be over exaggerating their grief for political reasons.

Although Jones did not appear inside the courtroom, he did speak outside the courtroom, doubling down on his innocence.

“All the other hoaxes, all the other scams, governments and corporations, have engaged in so many scams, so many faked staged events, that people don’t believe the government or the corporate media,” said Jones.

He claimed zero responsibility for influencing people to harass victims’ families.

“They had a psychological warfare expert up there say 450 million people, that’s all of the English speaking world, heard me, and don’t believe Sandy Hook happened. That’s b-s folks, there aren’t 450 million people that don’t think Sandy Hook didn’t happen,” said Jones.

Jones is still set to testify this week.

Stay with Channel 3 for updates on this case.

Sandy Hook families testify in Alex Jones defamation trial