Crime Accused Alexis Crawford killer Jordyn Jones allegedly misled her family about rape accusation that preceded murder
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Jordyn Jones, the friend and roommate of Alexis Crawford charged with helping strangle her to death, wason Thursday by Fulton County prosecutors of calling Crawford's family to conceal key details against her then-boyfriend Barron Brantley that allegedly happened days before the murder.
A judge denied Jones bond, in part basing that decision on the possibility that Jones "may in fact have engaged in the ultimate intimidation of witnesses."
Crawford, a 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student,by her family Nov. 1 after they said they had not heard from her for several days. She in a DeKalb County park a week later.
Atlanta college student Alexis Crawford was choked to death, dumped in park, police say
Authorities say Alexis Crawford and her roommate Jordyn Jones had a physical altercation and Jones' boyfriend intervened and choked Crawford to death.Authorities say 21-year-old Alexis Crawford and her roommate, Jordyn Jones, were fighting in their off-campus apartment early Oct. 31 when Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, intervened and choked Crawford until she died.
Jones and Brantley are both charged with malice murder in theof Alexis Crawford.
Police reports indicate Crawford wasfollowing a physical altercation with Jones, her close friend and roommate. A report by the Homicide Unit specifically alleges that 21-year-old Brantley got involved with the fight and choked Crawford to death with his hands. The warrant for Jones alleges she "did smother the victim, Alexis Crawford, with a black trash bag until Crawford stopped breathing and was deceased."
In the bond hearing on Thursday, prosecutors accused Jones of taking steps in the days after the murder to cover her tracks.
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"On her own volition the defendant Ms. Jones called family members of Ms. Crawford and told them that there was no DNA found in the rape kit," the prosecutor said.
"Well that is incredibly incorrect, the results of the rape kit indicate" that Brantley's DNA was found, the prosecutor said.
The prosecution contended that already represents a level of witness intimidation, given that "there are many of the witnesses in this case will be family members of Ms. Crawford as they were the last people that she spoke to."
Jones' defense lawyer did not directly address that accusation, but said she was "supportive following the allegation of rape" and "accompanied her roommate at the time and spent however much time was necessary for her to be at Grady as she went through the rape kit scenario."
Funeral held for slain Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford
The family and friends of Alexis Crawford gathered in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday to honor the memory of the 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student who police say was killed by her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend.The family and friends of Alexis Crawford gathered in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday to honor the memory of the 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student who police say was killed by her roommate and her roommate's boyfriend.
The prosecution also argued that Jones presented a flight risk - most of her family lives in Michigan and, prosecutors said, after the murder and before she would have been publicly known as a suspect, she had begun withdrawing from Clark Atlanta and was planning on moving back to her home state.
Her defense attorney directly rejected that claim, saying her family had not begun withdrawing her from school until the last 48 hours.
The judge ruled that while "Ms. Jones would appear to be an appropriate candidate for bond" she was denying it because because she had been persuaded Jones might "not return to the jurisdiction for trial in this matter and that she may pose a significant risk of intimidating witnesses or obstructing the administration of this case."
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The man accused of murdering 19-year-old Ruth George in the parking garage on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus allegedly became "angry" when she ignored him.The man accused of murdering a 19-year-old student in the parking garage on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus allegedly became "angry" when she ignored his catcalls, authorities said.