Jones

Jerome Jones

Black male

Age at time: 21

Weapon: gun

gun

Defendant photo: Leon County Sheriff's Office, 2011

Case type:
Argument turned violent

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: In the street in front of the victim's home in Tallahassee, Leon County, on Jan. 17, 2011

What happened: Jerome Jones, his girlfriend and her sister drove to a Tallahassee home so the girlfriend could confront another girl about a Facebook posting. A fight broke out between the girls. When his girlfriend appeared to be losing the fight, Jones pulled a gun and aimed it at the one girl and her family. He then ran to a nearby house and told residents there he was being chased by people with bricks. Jones later told police the gun was a toy and that his girlfriend left with it before the police arrived. There were no serious injuries. Jones was charged with assault and with resisting arrest.

The outcome: Jones was charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, resisting an officer and violation of probation. Although a judge denied his immunity claim, prosecutors withheld adjudication on two charges and dropped the third.

Investigating agency: Tallahassee Police

Case decision made by: Judge

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Second Judicial Circuit, Jan. 17, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 13, 2013