Rhodes­dale woman sen­tenced to life in Jan­uary mur­der

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

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

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