Third suspect charged in Fifth Street shooting

Jenerrio Demarco Jones
Staff Writer

A man who has had two shots at an alternative sentencing program is the third suspect in custody in a Jan. 13 shooting at a West Point residence.

According to Clay County Jail records, 27-year-old Jenerrio Demarco Jones, who is from Lowndes County, was arrested Monday in Marshall County in northwest Mississippi where investigators think he'd been hiding out. He is charged with aggravated assault.

He was returned to Clay County Monday night and will be arraigned Tuesday in Clay County Municipal Court, according to Police Chief Avery Cook.

A fourth suspect, also thought to have Lowndes County ties, still is being sought.

The other two suspects, 30-year-old Tymothens Rafael Henry and 21-year-old Joshua Maurice Ewing, remain in jail. Henry's bond is set at $250,000 on charges of aggravated assault and Ewing's bond is $200,000 on charges of being an accessory after the fact.

Investigators think he drove the group away from the scene and that Henry likely was involved in the shooting.

Police still are looking for weapons that might have been involved in the incident, which happened at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 inside a house near the old Northside School in the 300 block of Fifth Street North.

The victim, who was shot several times, including at least twice in the body, remains in North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Investigators think the altercation started outside in the yard and escalated inside the home, according to Cook. The victim's great-grandmother was held at gunpoint during the incident and called 911 after the intruders left.

According to Lowndes County Circuit Court records, Jones was arrested in Lowndes County in July 2014 on charges of possession of stolen property after he was caught in possession of cell phones, a PlayStation, a music mixer and three Peavey speakers reported stolen by Richard Harris.

In February 2015, he was placed on a pre-trial alternative sentencing program for 12 months because he had no prior record. But that summer, he was placed back on the active court docket for disputing the amount of restitution he was to pay in the case, court records show.

In February 2016, District Attorney Scott Colom's office agreed to return him to re-trial intervention for 12 months, which would have expired last February, but Lowndes County Circuit Court records don't indicate whether he's been released from that program.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call West Point Police at 662-494-1244.