Marshae Jones and Ebony Jemison fought in the Dollar General parking lot in Pleasant Grove on December 4, 2018.
Brawl, Jones & # 39; family said, was the culmination of a protracted dispute between the two Women over the baby's father Jones would have born a few months later.
The fight ended when Jemison shot the unarmed Jones and killed his unborn child, the authorities have said.
The tragic story took another twist Wednesday as it was revealed that Jones, 27, was charged with killing in the death of his unborn daughter. An arbitration that had been filed with Jemison, 23, shortly after the shot was then dropped after a grand jury refused to indict.
The indictment of Jones, who was unsealed Thursday, said Jones "deliberately caused the death of … unborn baby Jones by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant."
If convicted, Jones could use 20 years in prison.
Jones was released Thursday afternoon after sending $ 50,000 tapes, but did not want to comment. grandmother, however, asked the arrest.
"That's not fair," said Jones & # 39; s grandmother, Patrice Jones. "Marshae didn't have a gun. How did they turn it on?"
Now Jemison or her family was not immediately y successful Thursday.
Jones was detained on Wednesday in Pleasant Grove Police Headquarters after being accused of a Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff Grand Jury.
The shooting happened at noon at. 201
From Fairfield, Jones was taken to UAB Hospital where she was undergoing surgery. The unborn child did not survive the shooting.
On the same day, Jemison was taken to prison. She was held in Pleasant Grove City Prison until the police, two days later, received an arbitration order against her. At that time, Reid said that even if they planned to charge her with murder, they changed the tax to murder.
"The study showed that the only true sacrifice in this was the unborn child," Reid said in December. "It was the mother of the child who started and continued the fight, which resulted in the death of his own unborn baby."
Jones's family said Jones, Jemison and the father of Jones's unborn baby worked together in a coal plant in western Jefferson County. The dispute between the women had been ongoing and escalated that day outside the Dollar General. "This just didn't start right there that day," said Patrice Jones.
According to the authorities, Jones was the aggressor in the dispute that day and continued to squeeze the fight, even after Jemison had entered her car to try to get away. It was then that Jemison got hold of a gun and fired a shot at Jones to stop the attack.
Patrice Jones denied that account.
"She (Jemison) had three people in the car with her. When Marshae saw the gun, she went away and that was when she was shot," she said. "He (Reid) said Marshae threw the first candy."
She said someone has a mobile phone video of the whole event. "They fought fairly," she said until Jemison pulled a gun. "She could have killed them both."
Patrice Jones said she didn't know if it was Jemison's gun or if someone else in the vehicle handed it to her.
At the time of Jemison's arrest, Reid said, "The mother's engagement and obligation will be presented to a grand jury" to determine whether she will also be charged at the incident.
All crime arrests go before a grand jury either charge (true bill) or refuse to charge
In this case, the authorities presented all evidence of a Bessemer Cutoff Grand jury calling on April 8, 2019.
Four days later, on April 12, the jury accused Jones of refusing to accuse Jemison of the evidence that was presented to them. Accusations are only published when the defendant has been arrested and served, so the news of the charges against Jones was published on Wednesday.
Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington, the first African American woman to be elected district attorney in Alabama, is out of the country and is unavailable for comment.
"This case has not been treated differently than any other crime case," said Bessemer Cutoff Chief Assistant District Attorney Valerie Hicks Powe Thursday. "The great jury was presented with all the facts available."
As it is an ongoing case, Powe or the police would not comment further on the investigation or prosecution.
Patrice Jones said she was accompanying Jones and Jones's 6-year-old daughter to the police force on Wednesday. That was when they learned about accusing Jones and her impending arrest. She said they didn't expect to hear Jones being charged in the case. "You can tell in her mughot that she had been crying," said Patrice Jones.
"I have asked for it and to be honest, I have just said it in the hands of God," she said. "Marshae has been much after she's lost the baby. We had the baby cremated and then burned the house."
"She's lost a lot," said Patrice Jones, "but she's doing it."
The unborn child would have been Patrice Jones eighth grandchild. She had already been named Marlaysia Jones, and her remains are now in a decorative urn on Patrice Jones' mantle next to a poster that reads: "Love each other."
"It's really beautiful," said Patrice Jones. "But it brings everything back."
"I just can't believe it. How can you turn it around on a mother and say she killed her own unborn child?" Patrice Jones said. "I'm just really shocked."
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