Rhodes­dale woman guilty in fatal stab­bing

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

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.

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