Wife tells of threat before fatal shots

Two teenagers are on trial in city court in killing of husband at daughter's party

December 12, 2007|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun reporter

The wife of a Southwest Baltimore man killed last year during their daughter's Sweet 16 party testified yesterday to hearing one of the co-defendants yell, "Show him how we do it," before gunshots rang out, according to trial testimony yesterday.

Alisa Jones took the witness stand in an hourlong, emotionally wrought testimony during which she broke down in tears as she told the story of her husband's final moments.

Prosecutors say the two co-defendants disrupted the party marking the birthday of Tamirra Jones by arguing with guests, and both were asked to leave.

Jones said her husband, Bryant C. Jones, had escorted Jamal Charles and Dwayne Drake out of the couple's home and onto the porch when Drake refused to leave and demanded his $1 admission fee back.

Alisa Jones said she regained order in the basement after Charles, Drake and about a half-dozen of their friends left. She said she then joined her husband in demanding the teens leave the property.

She said she stood next to Bryant Jones during the exchange over the $1 fee but had turned to go to call the police when she heard Drake make the threat. Jones said she then heard gunshots and turned back toward the front door as Charles, 17, and Drake, 18, ran from the home.

A medical examiner testified yesterday that Bryant Jones was shot once in the head and once in the arm, and he had a graze wound to the chest.

Charles and Drake, juveniles at the time of the shooting, were charged as adults with first-degree murder.

"I couldn't believe what I heard," Jones told the jury in Baltimore Circuit Court. "I was shocked. Then they ran after they did what they did."

The case, which began last week, is expected to go to the jury after closing arguments today.

Charron Jones, niece of the victim, testified yesterday to seeing smoke in front of Charles after she heard the shots.

Charron Jones said she had followed Charles, Drake and the other boys from the basement when her uncle asked them to leave. She said she saw an argument between her uncle and Charles escalate.

"Jamal was standing right in front of [Bryant Jones]," she said.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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