Charles Jones. (Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)
Detroit — Jury deliberations began today for Charles Jones, one of two men on trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Je’Rean Blake, who was killed following an argument with Jones’ co-defendant, Chauncey Owens, nearly four years ago.
The jury for the other man accused in the murder of the teen, 37-year-old Owens, reached its verdict Friday but the verdict remains sealed until the Jones jury makes its decision.
Owens and Jones, 28, were charged with first degree murder in the killing Blake outside an east side party store May 14, 2010. Blake was shot once in the heart.
The trial for the men began last month. Owens and Jones had separate juries. The trial was held before Wayne County Circuit Judge Richard Skutt.
Owens is accused of shooting Blake after he got in an argument with the teen at the party store. Prosecutors say Jones gave Owens the gun that was used to shoot Blake.
During a search for Jones following Blake’s murder, Detroit Police raided his east side home and Jones’ 7-year-old daughter Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot to death by Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley. A crew from a reality television show accompanied police on the raid. The first manslaughter trial for Weekley ended with a hung jury. He faces a new trial on the charges.
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