Family of murder victim expresses outrage at charges against deputy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Family of murder victim expresses outrage at charges against deputy

Family members of D.J. Munsey, the victim of a fatal shooting at a Memphis restaurant early Friday morning, expressed outrage Monday over the charges Munsey's accused killer is facing.

Chris Jones, a Shelby County sheriff's deputy, is facing second degree murder charges, and is being held on $500,000 bond.

Family members say the charges are not strong enough, and the bond amount is too low.

"We want the favoritism and influence peddling to stop on this case," Carson Munsey said.

Munsey buried his son, D.J. Munsey, on Monday morning, something he says never needed to happen.  Munsey's family says the Shelby County Sheriff's Department had been warned about Deputy Chris Jones.

"At the funeral home I had a deputy come up, gave me his name and number and he said superiors were told three weeks ago that man was dangerous, he was going to kill somebody," said D.J.'s uncle, David Munsey.

Investigators say Sheriff's Deputy Chris Jones got into a fight with another man at Wind Jammer early Friday morning. When D.J. Munsey tried to break up the fight, investigators said, Jones shot and killed him.

"At the cemetery a gentleman walked up and told me I want you to know your nephew saved my life," David Munsey said. "He said, 'If he hadn't done what he did, I don't know how many people would have been killed.'"

The Munsey family is upset that Jones is facing second degree murder charges, rather than stronger first degree murder charges.

Stacey Harris, D.J. Munsey's longtime girlfriend and the mother of his three children, agreed.

"You have no idea what this man has done to my family, my kids," she said.
    
Harris said all she wants now is justice for her hero, and for her family.

Late Monday afternoon,  Sheriff Mark Luttrell said this story marked the first time he's heard of supervisors being warned about Deputy Jones.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the District Attorney said based on the evidence they had on Friday, second degree murder charges were appropriate.


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