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Key Witnesses Take The Stand In Jones Trial
ELMIRA---(WENY-HD)The prosecution called two key witnesses to the stand Thursday in the Justin Jones murder trial. 22 year-old Jones is facing a second degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Brian ‘Bear’ Martin, both of Elmira.
Today, Jennifer Muccigrosso and Edwin Charriez took the stand. Muccigrosso was a friend of Martin and was with Jones just a few hours before Martin was killed. Charriez was taking care of the house that sits on W. Third Street and Alexander Place in Elmira where Jones was staying the night Martin died.
Jennifer Muccigrosso testified today that before Martin gave her a ride home November 7th, her and Jones were hanging out, just as friends. She said Jones came to pick her up in his mother’s mini-van from her house around 6:00 in the evening. They made three stops.
They went to Dollar General, Weiss Market, and Family Dollar. At the Dollar General, Muccigrosso had to make a Western Union Transaction. Jones told her while she was in there to get him a cheap TRAC phone and gave her $40.00. She didn’t find one there, so they went to Family Dollar, where she bought one for $5.00.
Muccigrosso then said Jones dropped her off at the house on Alexander Place, went to pick up Chinese food, a small bottle of tequila and to drop his mom’s van off at his mother’s house. She said that while she waited, she activated the TRAC phone using her own cell phone number. She never asked Jones why he needed the phone in.
When Jones returned they watched movies, she ate, and Jones took a few sips of tequila.
While Muccigrosso was on the phone she noticed Jones running up and down the stairs. She said Jones was sweating and could hear him throwing up. That’s when she asked Martin for a ride home.
During Muccigrosso’s testimony, she said a few days prior to November 7th, Martin wanted her to find out why Jones wasn’t talking to him and asked her for a ride. She then called Jones and asked to see him. With Martin in the car she met Jones at the Barber shop and gave Jones $40.00, money Martin owed Jones - for what, is not known. According to Muccigrosso, Jones told her he didn’t want to speak to Martin, but wouldn’t say why.
The next day, November 8th around 9:30 am Jones called Edwin Charriez for help. Charriez had offered Jones a place to stay temporarily at the house on W. Third Street and Alexander Place. It The home of the mother of Charriez’ son who was in jail at the time.
According to Charriez, Jones arrived at his house asking for bags and bleach. When Charriez gave him a spray bottle with bleach Jones said, “I need more than that”. He gave Jones a bigger bottle.
When Charriez asked what it was for Jones replied “Do you really want to know?” Charriez replied saying, " I don't even want to know." Then Charriez left with Jones in a mini-van.
When they got to the house on Alexander Place, Charriez said “There was some blood on the porch.” When he asked Jones what happened, Jones said he had to handle his business.
Charriez said, “I asked him who he was talking about. He said a big black dude named Bear.”
According to Charriez, Jones said Martin was telling on somebody and it could eventually come back to him (Jones). Charriez testified that as soon as he opened the door to the laundry and kitchen area, he saw blood on the platform and bags in the corner. When asked what he noticed about the bags, Charriez said, “Blood all over the bags.”
He said Jones told him that he tried to clean up as best he could and "Thank GOD it didn’t go through ‘cause it would’ve been all over the wall.”
Charriez said he saw Jones pouring bleach on the concrete outside and when asked about the body, Jones said “he dragged it out and drove it off.”
Charriez also told the jury, “He said he needed to use the meat cleaver and he used one of my swords.”
When Charriez left Jones, he contacted police, but initially told them Jones' was a Hispanic male who went by the name Tito Ferez.
The prosecution has now rested its case. The defense is set to present its case tomorrow. Closing statements are expected on Monday.