Bond denied for one Fifth Street shooting suspect

Jenerrio Demarco JonesAmber Robbins
Staff Writer

Bond is denied for a West Point shooting suspect who has been arrested on new charges of intimidating a witness.

Meanwhile, bond is set at $200,000 for a fifth suspect charged in the Jan. 13 near-fatal shooting of Travis Strong.

During a brief hearing Friday morning, West Point Municipal Judge Bennie Jones briefly reviewed the new witness intimidation charges against 27-year-old Jenerrio Demarco Jones. The judge delayed revoking Jones' $250,000 bond on his aggravated assault charge.

That decision will come during a hearing March 6. But the bonding company that posted the original bond already is considering surrendering it, officials said.

Jones, who is from Columbus but also has ties to Southaven, was out on that bond when he got arrested Wednesday on the intimidation charge.

Jones' grandfather, Bobby Hill, put his home up as collateral for that bond. Hill, Jones' mother-in-law and wife were in court with him Friday.

Meanwhile, Judge Jones said he was "being consistent" when he set a $200,000 bond for 27-year-old Amber Robbins, of Columbus, who is charged with being an accessory to aggravated assault.

The other suspects in the case all had initial bonds of either $250,000 or $200,000, although Judge Jones eventually lowered the bond for another suspect charged as an accessory to $100,000.

With Robbins' sister, aunt and other relatives in the courtroom, Judge Jones entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf. After learning she had no prior criminal record and hadn't worked since December when she had a job through a temporary employment service in Columbus, the judge appointed Clay County Public Defender Marlin Stewart to represent her. The judge said Stewart could apply to have her bond lowered.

Jones and Robbins are among five people charged with aggravated assault or accessory to aggravated assault in the shooting of Travis Strong at about 2 a.m. Jan. 13 inside a home on Fifth Street North next to the Old Northside School in West Point.

Police believe the confrontation started in the yard and led into the house where Strong's 80-year-old great-grandmother was held at gun point and then called 911 after Strong was shot multiple times and the suspects fled.
The other suspects are 24-year-old William Earl Gaines III, of Fayette, Mississippi, who remains in the Clay County Jail on $200,000 bond, 30-year-old Tymotheans Henry, of Columbus, who is free on $200,000 bond, and 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, of West Point, who was released last week on $100,000 bond on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

Police believe Ewing drove the group away from the scene.

Gaines was in West Point visiting a woman when the shooting occurred.

Of the five, Jones is the only on with any significant criminal history. He has been in trouble in Lowndes County, including possession of stolen property charges. He has been on pre-trial diversion on those charges and completed that program last year. But after his arrest in this case, he was brought back in with the possibility of having the charges renewed. But that was dropped Feb. 20.