General Crime

* Alfred Jones is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Cheryl Ann Macey in Antioch

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Attorneys gave their opening statements today in the trial of a man accused of killing a 22-year-old Antioch woman after she allegedly caught him burglarizing her apartment in 2004. Alfred Jones, a 30-year-old Antioch man, is charged with murder in
connection with the shooting death of Cheryl Ann Macey on March 30, 2004. He is also charged with residential burglary for allegedly breaking into the apartment where Macey lived with her boyfriend, Jason Hunter, and her 5-year-old son. According to court documents, Jones is also charged with robbery and attempted murder for an incident on Feb. 14, 2004, in which he allegedly
shot a man in the leg. According to prosecutor Barry Grove, Jones allegedly used the same gun in both shootings. During his opening statements, Jones’ attorney, Anthony Ashe, said that Jones did not shoot Macey and that the prosecution’s witnesses were
unreliable. On the morning of the shooting, Macey went to work as usual at Kids N Cribs, a boutique children’s store in Antioch, and Hunter went to his job at a golf course in Brentwood. Hunter also sold a small amount of  marijuana on the side to supplement his income, Grove said. At about that time, Jones and several other men were driving around looking for a man they believed had a few weeks earlier kicked in the door of a house where Jones’ friend lived. The group was in front of Macey’s apartment building at 1604
Sycamore Drive when somebody said he heard there was methamphetamine inside Macey’s apartment. Jones and another man, later identified as Bay Point resident Anthony Perry, allegedly decided to break in. They allegedly went in through a window and ransacked the apartment but didn’t find any methamphetamine, Grove said. “They didn’t find much to steal,” he said. They took a small amount of marijuana, some video game equipment, a tube of change, a watch, an electric scale used for weighing marijuana and a silver case. A neighbor upstairs heard them inside the apartment and called Hunter at the golf course. Instead of calling the police, Hunter called Macey at her work and said he would meet her at their apartment, Grove said. Macey and a co-worker sped over to the apartment and allegedly saw Jones coming around a corner with her belongings in his hands. Macey allegedly walked over to Jones and confronted him. “She says, ‘Put down my stuff,’ and starts yelling at him,” Grove said. As she took out a cell phone to call the police, Jones allegedly pulled out a gun. Macey saw the gun and turned to run. As she put up an arm to shield herself, Jones allegedly shot her once. The bullet went through her arm and into her chest.  “She never made it to the hospital,” Grove said.
  The suspects then got in a car and drove away. The driver of the car dropped the group off and then called police. According to Grove, the driver initially lied and said he didn’t know the shooter, but later told police what had happened. He allegedly identified
Jones as the shooter. Macey’s co-worker, who saw the whole thing, looked at a photo lineup and narrowed the suspect down to two people, Jones and another man who looked similar to him, Grove said. A maintenance worker who was working nearby also saw the shooting and picked Jones out of a photo lineup. He identified him as the man he had seen standing in front of Macey just before he heard the gunshot. When police served a warrant on Jones’ house, they allegedly found the silver case, the scale and the video game equipment that had been stolen from Macey’s apartment, along with a Contra Costa Times newspaper stashed in a laundry hamper that was opened to an article about the murder, Grove said. Perry was also identified as a suspect in the case, and police arrested him in Texas a few weeks after the shooting. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in exchange for his testimony in Jones’ trial, Grove said. Ashe claimed during his opening statement that forensic evidence would show that Jones did not shoot Macey. Jones, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall, was allegedly seen standing when Macey, who was 5 feet 5 inches tall, was shot, but the bullet was angled upwards at a 45-degree angle. Ashe argued that the person who shot Macey  would have had to be sitting down. “Alfred Lawrence Jones could not have fired the bullet that killed Cheryl Macey,” Ashe said. He argued that the person who shot Macey was sitting in a red Mitsubishi that was being driven by one of other men, a man that was also not involved in the alleged burglary. “Alfred Lawrence Jones is no hero. He was doing the wrong thing at the wrong time on the wrong day, but he did not fire that shot,” Ashe said. He also suggested that a burglary might not have happened. The case was first tried in 2008 but ended in a mistrial. Testimony was scheduled to continue this afternoon in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez. 
   
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