Celebrity 'Jones' Show to Ante Up $25 Mil By People Staff Published on March 9, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email After deliberating for less than seven hours, a jury in Michigan on Friday found “The Jenny Jones Show” negligent in the slaying of gay guest Scott Amedure, who admitted to having a crush on another man, Jonathan Schmitz. The show’s producers (Warner Bros., a part of Time Warner, which also owns PEOPLE) have been ordered to pay more than $25 million in damages. Besides funeral expenses, jurors awarded $5 million in damages for Amedure’s suffering before he was killed, $10 million to the family for the loss of the loved one’s companionship, and $10 million for the loss of money Amedure would have earned over his lifetime. Schmitz, who is now 32, was found guilty of murder in 1996, but his conviction was thrown out on appeal. His retrial is set for Aug. 19.