New charges filed in near-fatal shooting

Jenerrio Demarco Jones
Staff Writer

A 27-year-old man charged in connection with a Jan. 13 shooting that almost killed a West Point man is back in jail on charges of intimidating a witness.

And a fifth person who told police last week she had alibis also has been charged.

According to Clay County Jail records, Jenerrio Demarco Jones was charged Wednesday afternoon with intimidating a witness. In a text Wednesday evening, Police Chief Avery Cook said information would be available Thursday.

At the time of his arrest, Jones was out of jail on $250,000 bond stemming from the Jan. 13 shooting.

In addition, 27-year-old Amber M. Robbins is charged with accessory after the fact to aggravated assault. It’s unclear of her role but she tuned herself in to West Point Police investigators last week for questioning, but was released after she gave police alibis for the time of the shooting.

It’s unclear how her story ties in with the shooting or Jones, although he has ties to the Southaven area where she lives.

Jones and Robbins now are among five people charged with aggravated assault or accessory after the fact 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, Miss., 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 earlier this week on $100,000 bond on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

Police believe Ewing drove the group away from the scene.

Jones has ties to Columbus and the Memphis suburbs and 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 last week.