WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A shouting match took place as a suspect charged in connection to the death of Miyonna Jones left a New Hanover County courtroom Friday.
Judy McKnight has been charged with obstruction of justice in the case. She is the founder of Moms N Mourning, a group founded in 2015 to help mothers who have lost children to violence and illness.
McKnight is also the grandmother of Jahreese Jones, who is Miyonna’s half-brother and is charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
As McKnight left the courtroom after making her first appearance Friday, a confrontation took place between McKnight and multiple people in attendance. Deputies intervened to separate the two parties.
McKnight posted a $100,000 bond, but has been ordered not to contact the other suspects in this case. Her next court date is Dec. 8.
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Jahreese Jones, the half-brother of Miyonna Jones, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Jahreese Jones appeared in court Friday morning, and he could face the death penalty. He was appointed an attorney from the capital defender’s office. Jones is being held without bond. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 8.
The body of missing 16-year-old Miyonna Jones was found Thursday morning in Pender County after an extensive two-week search.
Jones was declared missing on Nov. 2 and was last seen the day before in Wilmington.
Jahreese Jones has been in custody since Nov. 2 while his girlfriend Randi Johnson was charged with obstructing justice on Nov. 5.