Memphis officer faces judge on murder charges

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer faced a judge for the first time as a murder suspect Thursday.

Chancy Jones is charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Phyllis Malone.

First, Jones was arraigned by video conference, but within moments, he made a live appearance in court.

"It's a tragedy no matter how you look at it," defense attorney Ted Hansom said.

Malone's body was found Tuesday morning slumped in the front seat of her car parked at a Whitten Road gas station.  According to police, she was shot to death.

In court, nearly a dozen of Malone's family members showed up, later leaving the courtroom quietly and in tears.

Jones' son was not with the rest of the family. He is being held in jail without bond.

He will return to court Monday to request bond.

"He's charged with murder in the second degree. As you know, it's an offense where bond would be permitted. Unlike murder in the first degree bond is not necessarily required," Hansom said.

In General Session court, anyone accused of felony murder is presumed not guilty. That includes Chancy Jones, the Memphis Police Officer on the other side of the law.

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