July 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Exam for suspect accused of helping man hide wife's body in Detroit house postponed

Timothy Jones and his attorney Randall Upshaw during a court hearing in June. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Detroit — A man accused of helping a husband suspected of killing his wife hide the body appeared in court Thursdayon his latest two charges.

Timothy Jones, 28, of Detroit appeared in 36th District Court facing charges of tampering with evidence, a felony punishable by over 10 years in prison, and concealing the death of an individual, a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Prosecutors said the charges against Jones stem from new evidence in the case of Alicia Fox’s death.

After a brief sidebar, the prosecutor and Jones’ attorney Randall Upshaw decided to postpone Jones’ preliminary exam to Aug. 5.

Upshaw said he would fight the additional charges, arguing they were unconstitutional.

The body of Fox, a mother of two young children who remain missing, 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’s husband, Erin Justice, has been charged with first-degree murder. He continues to fight extradition from Atlanta, Ga., after he was charged in June. No date has been set for an extradition hearing in the case.

In June, Jones was also arraigned on being an accessory after the fact, which carries up to 5 years of prison time.

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