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Judge orders trial for man accused of murder

By André Coleman 10/16/2013

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A judge ruled last week that an alleged gang member accused of murdering a Pasadena man last year after a botched robbery must stand trial.

Judge Darrell Mavis made the ruling after brothers Christian and Jessie Jones identified Rashad McCoy - aka Lil' Weez Sack - as the man who attempted to rob them and then shot and killed their brother, Joseph Jones, 23.

The brothers and several friends began chasing McCoy in a neighborhood near John Muir High School after McCoy allegedly tried to rob them. McCoy reportedly fled into a nearby backyard and allegedly shot Joseph Jones once in the chest as he approached the area where he was hiding.

Two other witnesses, however, could not identify McCoy as the shooter in court, but had previously identified him by his mug shot, according to police testimony.

In a previous hearing, McCoy's girlfriend corroborated his alibi that he was with her in Palmdale on Sept. 26, 2012, the night of the killing.

"The public defender tried to say that there was a problem with the identification," said Joseph's father, David Jones. "The judge did not buy it. This monster will stand trial for murdering my son."

McCoy, 24, has been charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted, willful, deliberate and premeditated murder with special allegations of intentionally discharging a firearm and committing the offense in association with a criminal street gang.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. He is being held on $3 million bail.

David Jones and his wife, Faavoa Jones, have filed a claim for damages against the Pasadena Fire Department, alleging negligence in the treatment of their son following the shooting. In that claim, the couple alleges the department wasted precious minutes examining Joseph in the street and ignored pleas from family members to rush Joseph to a trauma center at Huntington Hospital.

The department maintains firefighters and paramedics acted properly that night. The claim has been denied by the City Council, clearing the way for a possible lawsuit.


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