June 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

Families clash outside courtroom of man charged as accessory in Fox case

Timothy Jones, who is charged with being an accessory to the fact in the case of Alicia Fox, listens to his attorney, Randall Upshaw, in court Wednesday. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit — A 27-year-old who investigators believe knows something about a missing mom found slain last month waived his preliminary examination in court Wednesday on charges in the case, allowing the matter to be on track for trial.

Timothy Jones, who is scheduled for arraignment on information in the case on July 2 in Wayne County Circuit Court, has been charged with being an accessory to the fact in the case of Alicia Fox, a mom of two whose body was found June 9 wrapped in a blanket in an abandoned home on Penrod Street on the city’s west side. She died of multiple gunshot wounds, two of them to the head.

Fox was last seen May 24 at her home in the 18400 block of Ardmore. She is believed to have been shot in her home sometime between May 25 and May 27. Fox’s 8-month-old son Kristian Justice and 6-year-old daughter Kaylah Hunter are missing.

Meanwhile, tempers flew in a third-floor hallway in 36th District Court Wednesday following the hearing before 36th District Court Judge Ruth Carter.

Family members for both Fox’s missing children and Jones verbally clashed about the case. A woman yelled at Jones’ dad that his son “was there to help hide” Jones’ body.

Earlier in court, Jones’ attorney, Randall Upshaw, tried to get his $50,000, 10 percent bond reduced, saying “there is nothing to show” Jones was involved in Fox’s murder or the disappearance of the children.

But the prosecutor handling the case objected, saying “there is no guarantee” Jones, a carpenter, did nothing wrong. Carter refused to lower Jones’ bond.

Earlier this month, Fox’s husband, Erin Justice, was arrested in Atlanta and charged with first-degree murder in her death. Justice is the father of Kristian.

He also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm. Justice, who had flown to Atlanta after Fox was reported missing, was arrested by FBI agents.

The backyard of Fox’s Ardmore home was dug up in a police search to find the children. Fox’s family has tried to convince Michigan State Police to issue am Amber Alert in the case.

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Justice (Fulton County Jail)
Kaylah Hunter, left, and Kristian Justice