Family members break down during trial of former MPD officer

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Family members of a shooting victim broke down outside the courtroom Wednesday during the trial of a former Memphis police officer accused of killing his girlfriend.

Chancy Jones is accused of killing Phyllis Malone in September of 2008. Malone was shot to death as she sat in her car outside a gas station on Whitten Road.

"She was my friend," said Malone's sister, Ophelia Harris. "She just wasn't my baby sister. She was my friend. She meant everything to me."

Harris said she and her family want justice.

"I just want him off the streets for a very long time," she said. I don't even want him walking - not at all. I want him to pay for what he's done."

And family members said they weren't sure they would get the justice they want.

"I don't believe in the justice system," said Malone's brother, Eddie Harris. "I handle mine the street way, and that's real."

Attorney Ted Hansom told jurors Tuesday that Chancy K. Jones acted within the law when he shot his Malone.  Police say Jones, who was married, had an affair with Malone.  Jones said in a police statement that Malone told him she was pregnant and wanted money. He said Malone also threatened to tell his wife about the affair.

That's an argument Malone's family still refuses to believe.

"Protect and serve was what he was supposed to do. That's not what he did," Harris said.

Jones was fired from his job with the Memphis Police Department after his arrest.

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