Former MPD officer found guilty of second degree murder

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A former Memphis police officer was found guilty of second degree murder Friday in the death of his girlfriend.

It took jurors only one hour to convict Chancy Jones, who shot 31-year-old Phyllis Malone three times during the early morning hours of September 9, 2008, at a Shell gas station on Whitten Road.

Jones, who was on trial on a first degree murder charge, told the court during the trial that he shot Malone because he thought she was going to run over him with her car.  Ted Hanson, Jones' Defense Attorney, said their client though his life was in danger, after Malone threatened to expose their affair to his wife.

"I thought the evidence was overwhelmingly in favor of first degree," Hanson said, "but it takes 12 jurors to make that decision and we have to abide by their decision."

Malone's family members reacted positively to the verdict.

"We went for first but got second," said Malone's sister, Ophelia Harris. "That's good too.  He won't be out for a while. That way, he can't hurt anybody else."

"It brings closure to the case and hopefully we can move on as a family and complete the healing process," said Malone's father, Clarence Malone.

Jones' family members had no comment when they left the courtroom.

Jones, who faces up to 25 years in prison, will be sentenced on August 13.

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