A 22-year-old man has been convicted of capital murder in a deadly shooting that happened when he was just 16.
A Dallas County jury deliberated for about 45 minutes before convicting John Jones in the 2013 killing of Alexis Hunter, a star student, just outside of Selma High School, said District Attorney Michael Jackson. Jones’ co-defendant, Larry Hunter Jr., was found guilty last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The shooting happened on Dec. 23, 2013 about 9:45 p.m. on Franklin Street near the intersection of Memorial Avenue. Police arrived on the scene to find Alexis lying on the side with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
The investigation showed that Larry Hunter, who was not related to the victim, Jones and one of Jones’ relatives were standing on the front porch of a nearby abandoned home when Jones said that he needed money and was going to get it from the next person that walked by.
Alexis and two of her friends had been walking on the nearby track. When they passed Jones, he reportedly said “cuz that’s a big (expletive) phone. I got to get that.” At that point, Jones and Hunter walked off the porch and approached the girls, despite the relative’s pleas for them to come.
According to witnesses, Hunter and Jones talked briefly with the girls and then Jones pulled a gun out of his waistband, cocked it and shot Alexis. Her friends testified that after Alexis had been shot, Hunter robbed one of them of a cell phone as well.
Hunter, then 18, and Jones were quickly taken into custody. Hunter named Jones as the shooter. Both teens were initially charged with capital murder, but Hunter was convicted on the lesser charge of murder. The cases were prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Jimmy Thomas, Brian Jones and Shemika Dudley.
Dallas County Circuit Judge Don McMillan set Jones’ sentencing for Jan. 28, 2020. Jackson said Jones faces life in prison and he will ask for the maximum sentence.
“A gunslinger has snuffed an ‘A’ student’s life out over a cell phone,’’ Jackson said. “This young lady’s death was a big blow to our community.”