People v Damien Jones

On June 12, 2014, a jury found Damien Earl Jones guilty as charged of second degree murder with enhancements for the the use of a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon with priors, carrying a concealed firearm within a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm in a city.

Defendant Damien Jones and the victim, Billy Ray Williams, knew each other through the women they were each dating. On July 8, 2010, the victim was intoxicated and knocked on the door of the girlfriend of Defendant Jones. The defendant answered the door and the two argued over a gun the victim left at the home. Before the victim obtained his gun, Defendant Jones drew his own gun and fatally shot the victim.

Ballistics and criminalist evidence showed that Defendant Jones fired at least 19 times and stopped to reload with another magazine. He also shot the victim after he was already injured and laying on the ground. The last seven shots included five in the back of the victim and two execution-style shots to the back of the head. The victim never fired his gun and died at the scene.

After the killing, Defendant Jones threatened a witness and fled with the murder weapon. He was arrested four days later in a rental car wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying two more loaded handguns in his vehicle. The defendant was a convicted felon and could not legally possess firearms. The jury rejected his claim that he fired all shots in self-defense.

On September 29, 2015, Defendant Damien Earl Jones was sentenced to 30 years to life for these crimes. The case was prosecuted by DDA Warren Ko with the assistance of DA Inspector Lynne Breshears and Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.

(Docket #H52976)

Posted on Jun 12, 2014