Rhodesdale woman sentenced to life in January murder
CAMBRIDGE — A Rhodesdale woman, 20-year-old Kryshonna Jones, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, Nov. 7, for the January murder of 35-year-old Justin Xavier Barney.
Jones was convicted in a four-day jury trial that concluded on Thursday, July 28. She was found guilty of firstand second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
Jones’ sentence also included a recommendation for evaluation and treatment by mental health services as she was found to have a history of bipolar and other mood disorders.
According to the sheriff’s office, Barney was found at 11:45 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18, with a single stab wound to the chest. Jones placed the 911 call for help. 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.
Jones was arrested and charged the next morning.
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.
The sheriff’s office spoke with Barney’s family, who said Jones had contacted them to say there had been an argument, as stated in charging documents. Police also spoke with Jones’ aunt, who said things “went too far” and “got bad.”
Extensive text message conversations between Jones and a friend and between Jones and Barney were presented during the trial to indicate that the murder was indeed premeditated. Posts on Jones’ Facebook page ex- pressing possible intent were also indicated in charging documents but were deemed inadmissible in trial and are no longer available on her profile.
According to charging documents, Barney told PRMC staff that 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 that 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 waist band of Barney’s pants, which his family said was uncharacteristic of him, according to charging documents.
Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes stated during trial that the physical evidence presented in the case, however, pointed to the inescapable conclusion that Barney was stabbed at the home in Rhodesdale, particularly given that Barney’s car was clean and free of any blood, indicating that he could not have driven it after being stabbed.
KRYSHONNA CHARINICE JONES