Shooting suspect's bond set, new charge filed

Jenerrio Demarco Jones
Staff Writer

Bond is set at $250,000 for the third suspect in a West Point shooting. But even if 27-year-old Jenerrio Demarco Jones, of Columbus, can make that bond, he faces a revocation hearing in Lowndes County Circuit Court for a previous concealing stolen property charge.

Jones was arrested Monday afternoon in Marshall County where West Point Police investigators think he'd gone to hide out after learning he was a suspect in the Jan. 13 shooting.

He is one of three people charged with some role in shooting Travis Strong multiple times inside a house next to the old Northside School on Fifth Street North in West Point. The shooting happened at about 2 a.m. Investigators think the confrontation may have started outside and then continued inside the house.

Strong's great-grandmother was held at gunpoint during the assault and she called 911 after the suspects fled.
A fourth suspect, also thought to have Lowndes County ties, still is being sought.
The other two people who have been arrested, 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 and Jones likely were involved in the shooting.
Police still are looking for weapons that might have been involved.
During a brief arraignment Tuesday, West Point City Judge Bennie Jones set a March 6 preliminary hearing for Jenerrio Jones, who is not related to the judge.

During brief conversations, Jenerrio Jones said he moved "back and forth" between Columbus and the Memphis area and that he graduated from Columbus High. He indicated he had a child that lived in West Point.

He responded, "I understand," to several questions from the judge and thanked him for explaining the proceedings.

He also was served with a March 4, 2017, warrant taken out by Tiarra Mingo accusing him of harassing phone calls, including "profane and sexual" messages, according to the arrest affidavit read by City Prosecutor Michelle Easterling.

That charge is a misdemeanor.

Also Tuesday, District Attorney Scott Colom's office moved to have Jones' sentence to a pre-trial diversion program revoked because of the new charges. But during Tuesday's hearing, the suspect said, "I finished that program, I have proof that I finished that program."

Judge Jones advised him a hearing would be held in Lowndes County Circuit Court on that issue.

According to Lowndes 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 Play Station, a music mixer and three Pevey 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, prosecutors again agreed to return him to re-trial intervention, but Lowndes County Circuit Court records don't indicate whether he's been released from that program.

Based on Tuesday's warrant signed by Judge Lee Howard, he is not considered to be finished and could have to face the stolen property charges.