MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Chancy Jones exchanged his Memphis Police uniform for a green jumpsuit as he faced a judge Monday for a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend, Phyllis Malone.
Jones. 37, was in court Monday on a second-degree murder charge. Malone's body was discovered last Tuesday in a car parked at a fast-food restaurant in Memphis.
"He's been sworn to uphold the law and it's a cowardly thing he did," the victim's father, Clarence Malone, said.
Police say Jones, who is married, had a sexual affair with Phyllis Malone shortly before the killing. Authorities say she apparently was killed by a gunshot.
In court, an audible gasp was heard when Jones' estranged wife took the stand and agreed if the judge gave him a bond, she would let him stay at her home.
Jones' wife said she was willing to take him in, even though he had moved into his own residence, was dating Malone, and confessed to Malone's murder.
"She's standing by him, and she's welcomed him back into the home," defense attorney Ted Hansom said.
Because Jones is only charged with second degree murder, the law allows him to bond out.
The judge set the bond at $200,000. A grand jury could still bump up the charges if any evidence indicates premeditation.
At a press conference last week, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said Jones joined the department in 2005 and had no history of disciplinary trouble.