Damages hearing set in Rick Jones' suit against homebuyer

Amelia Flood Nov. 1, 2010, 7:54am


A hearing on damages has been set in a default judgment won by imprisoned real estate developer Rick Jones in a breach of contract suit.

The new hearing is set Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m., according to an order signed by Madison County Associate Judge Thomas Chapman Oct. 25.

Jones won the default judgment earlier this year in a suit he filed against Melissa Tucker.

Jones claims that Tucker failed to go through with the purchase of a home in one of his developments, breaching their contract.

The suit is one of two breach of contract suits that Jones filed last year after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges. Jones is currently serving part of an 18 month prison term as part of that plea.

The other breach of contract suit, filed against the City of Wood River, is pending before Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla.

The damages hearing has been pushed back several times this year.

The last damages hearing, set in September, was pushed back at the request of plaintiff's counsel Harry Sterling.

An alias summons was then issued for Tucker.

Tucker has not entered an appearance in the case.

Chapman took over the case from Madison County Circuit Judge Ann Callis.

Callis initially entered the default judgment.

Sterling represents Jones in the Tucker case.

Robert Bassett represents him in the Wood River suit.

The Tucker case is Madison case number 09-L-891.

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