Originally created 11/25/03

Judge allows drug evidence



A suspect in a homicide lost his bid Monday to suppress drug evidence in an unrelated case.

Carl L. Jones, 28, appeared in Richmond County Superior Court seeking to keep out evidence that a folded $5 bill found in his pocket Dec. 8 contained cocaine. At the time, he was being treated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital for a gunshot wound.

Officers testified Monday that Mr. Jones was uncooperative at the hospital and that his pants, removed by hospital staff looking for injuries, were searched for identification. Inside one pocket, an officer found the bill containing a small amount of white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Superior Court Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr. ruled Monday that prosecutors may use the evidence if Mr. Jones stands trial on a charge of possession of cocaine.

Mr. Jones also faces charges of murder, aggravated assault and weapon violations in the April 18 shooting death of 34-year-old Shannon E. Williams.

Richmond County sheriff's investigators contend that Mr. Williams was shot as he sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle parked on Third Avenue. Investigators believe the wounded man was driven to Adams Inn on the Gordon Highway, where he was found. Mr. Williams died later at a hospital.

Mr. Jones has been held without bond on the murder charges since his arrest in July.

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