Augusta woman denied bond in homicide case

An Augusta woman recently indicted on charges that include murder was denied bond Wednesday in Richmond County Superior Court.

 

Jamila Allen, 37, was considered a witness in the April 7, 2015, murder of 31-year-old John Lee Jones until recently when phone records showed her phone was on Second Avenue at the time Jones was shot, said Assistant District Attorney McKenzie Gray.

Allen had told sheriff investigators Carl L. Jones, 42, had borrowed her vehicle that night and failed to return it or answer her phones calls, Gray said.

Allen was arrested Nov. 2 after she was named in an indictment along with Jones.

Jones was identified by witnesses as the man who got out of a white Suburban on Second Avenue and shot the victim in the right side and lower back, Gray said. Jones was arrested in July 2015 when officers found him hiding in an abandoned house.

Carl Jones and the victim are not related.

Gray said she was opposing Allen’s release on bond because she and Jones’ brother and a friend had contacted witnesses in an attempt to influence their testimony.

Defense attorney Jesse Owen asked Chief Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. to set a reasonable bond for Allen, a single mother of two who was working. She has no prior record.

Brown denied bond, citing the potential danger to the community and the significant risk of witness intimidation.

Allen and Jones have pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, criminal damage to property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

In 2005, Jones was acquitted of murder charges in the April 2003 fatal shooting of Shannon E. Williams, 34.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com

 

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