BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Protesters organized in front of the Jefferson County Bessemer Justice Center Tuesday Morning. Half a dozen activists and community leaders spoke, including Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson, who declared that she would stand behind Marshae Jones.
“I dare you to prosecute this young lady,” said Tyson. “Because she is just that important to us.”
Jones has been indicted for the manslaughter of her unborn child. In December of last year, Jones, then five months pregnant, allegedly got into a skirmish with another woman, Ebony Jemison. Jones was then allegedly shot by Jemison, causing her to have a miscarriage.
But protesters are furious, because a grand jury indicted Jones, claiming that she started the fight and is therefore responsible for the unborn child’s death.
The charges against Jemison were dropped. The attorneys representing Jones have since filed a motion to dismiss the indictment against their client.
A statement from Lynneice Washington, the Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney, acknowledged the motion and said that her office will continue to evaluate the indictment to determine if further action should be taken.
Washington’s full statement may be found at the bottom of this article.
Faya Toure, an activist present at the protest, believes that everything about Jones’ case seems wrong.
“When you drop the charges on one person and they’re the only ones with a gun, that is very suspect (sic.),” said Toure.
To Commissioner Tyson, there’s only one acceptable outcome.
“Drop the charges! Drop the charges!” Shouted Tyson.
A hearing has been set for July 9th regarding the filed motion for dismissal, but protesters are hopeful that District Attorney Washington will dismiss the indictment before then.
Below is a statement issued by Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington on July 1, 2019:
“We understand the attorney for Ms. Jones plans to or has filed a motion today asking the court to dismiss the manslaughter charge against her. That being the case, we want to reiterate that our office, as previously stated, is in the process of evaluating this case and will soon make a determination about further action. That decision will be based on the evidence provided, the applicable laws and what we believe to be in the best interest for all the parties involved. The filing of a motion to dismiss, does not change that fact.”
“We also point out, again, that the decision to indict Ms. Jones for manslaughter was made by the Grand Jury, based on the evidence provided by law enforcement. Our office will follow our normal procedures in evaluating the indictment and determining what further action is warranted.”
“We will announce our decision once that process is finished. We want to re-assure the public that the law, fairness and justice will continue to guide our decision-making. ”