Rhodesdale woman guilty in fatal stabbing
CAMBRIDGE — A Dorchester County Circuit Court jury found a Rhodesdale woman guilty of first- and second-degree murder in connection with a fatal January stabbing in Rhodesdale.
The four-day trial concluded Thursday, July 28, with the jury finding Kryshonna Charinice Jones, 20, of 5144 Rhodesdale-Vienna Road, guilty of first- and second-degree murder, first- and seconddegree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
“The conclusion is inescapable that Justin Barney was stabbed at 5144 Rhodesdale-Vienna Road,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes in her closing statement to the jur y.
Dykes further stated that the physical evidence presented in the case pointed to that fact, particularly given that Barney’s car was clean and free of any blood, indicating that he could not have driven it after being stabbed.
With no visible injuries and no complaints of injuries following the incident in January, Jones’ argument of self-defense did not hold up to scrutiny.
Extensive text message conversations between Jones and a friend and between Jones and Barney were presented to indicate that the murder was indeed premeditated.
The sheriff’s office said deputies responded at 11:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, to 5144 Rhodesdale-Vienna Road for a reported stabbing.
Justin Xavier Barney, 34, of 6440 Bellevue Road, Royal Oak, was found with a single stab wound to the chest, the sheriff’s office said. Police said Dorchester County EMS arrived and started treatment before taking Barney to Peninsula Regional Medial Center in Salisbury, where Barney died from his injury.
Dorchester deputies arrested Jones on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
According to charging documents, the situation allegedly escalated from a child custody dispute when Barney wanted Jones to talk about a man she recently had started seeing.
Jones said she and Barney started to push each other, then she told him to stop because he was bleeding, according to police. Jones declined to answer any further questions, police said.
According to charging documents, the sheriff’s office spoke with Barney’s family, who said Jones had contacted them to say there had been an argument. Police also spoke with Jones’ aunt, who said things “went too far” and “got bad.”
Posts to Jones’ Facebook account read, “I really don’t wanna kill nobody,” and “It’s about to be alotta slow walking, singing, and black attire, mark my words,” according to police.
Those posts are no longer available on her Facebook page, and were not deemed to be admissible evidence for trial. A message in tribute to Barney was posted early on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
According to charging documents, Barney told PRMC staff he was stabbed while at his “baby momma’s house in Salisbury,” but police said his family said he does not have children with any woman who lives in Salisbury.
There was no blood found in the vehicle Barney had driven to Jones’ home, police said. Blood was found in several areas outside Jones’ home, and a knife was discovered by EMS personnel in the waistband of Barney’s pants, which his family said was uncharacteristic of him, according to charging documents.