Outburst disrupts Jones bond hearing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Outburst disrupts Jones bond hearing

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A courtroom uproar Wednesday morning involved a former Memphis City Council member, a former Shelby County sheriff's deputy, and murder charges.

It all stemmed from a deadly shooting in March at the Windjammer Restaurant and Lounge in Memphis.  Former deputy Chris Jones is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of restaurant employee D.J. Munsey.

Wednesday, court got out of hand when Jones' father, former council member E.C. Jones was about to testify in court.

"Is that E.C., or 'Sleazy?'" someone in the courtroom said, loud enough for everyone to hear.

Jones didn't say a word - the look on his face said enough.  Criminal Court Judge C. Anthony Johnson didn't approve either.

"I'm sorry," Johnson said.  "Who made that comment?"

"I did."

"Stand up, sir.  What's your name, sir?"

"Carson Munsey."

"You're excluded from my courtroom."

With that, Munsey, a relative of D.J. Munsey, left the courtroom.

D.J. Munsey was allegedly shot and killed by Jones in early March inside The Windjammer.  At Wednesday's hearing, an attorney for Jones asked the judge to reduce his bond from $500,000 to $100,000.  If he gets out, Jones would live with his father.

"Raising him as a son, I've always told him, you need to do what's right," E.C. Jones said.

But prosecutors argued Jones' release is a bad idea.  Citing an argument from shortly before the shooting, Jones' ex-wife testified she'd fear for her safety if he got out.

"He picked up one bullet at a time, and on each bullet he had written a name with black Sharpie," she said. "He said, 'This bullet's got your name on it. This bullet's got Stan's name on it.' Who is Stan? My boyfriend, and this bullet's got my name on it."

After court, defense attorney Leslie Ballin pleaded his case one more time.

"Chris Jones is a stable person without a criminal history, one that cannot afford to post $500,000 bond," Ballin said.

D.J. Munsey's widow pleaded her case one more time, too.

"He's not crazy, he's just...He just has no soul," she said.

In the end, the judge did not decide on bond.  The hearing resumes on September third, without the source of the interruption.

"There is one man, Mr. Carson Munsey, that's not ever going to be allowed to step foot in my court again, and he's lucky he's not in jail," Johnson said.

The judge delayed the bond ruling so he could hear more proof regarding Jones' current mental state.


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