CHICAGO — A friend of Timothy Jones said Friday that he shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a woman killed when a cop allegedly chasing Jones crashed into her car.
Jones has been charged under the state's so-called "felony murder" law, which holds a person responsible if someone dies while they are committing a felony. He appeared in Cook County Bond Court Friday also facing charges of home invasion, armed robbery, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and attempted alluding and going faster than 30 miles above the speed limit.
According to prosecutors, Jones, 20, and an unidentified co-defendant burst in to the home of a young couple in the 7800 block of South Ellis Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
They allegedly took money, a pair of Air Jordan shoes, an iPad, an iPhone and bank cards belonging to the couple before making their escape in a black Chevy, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Christina Brewer. But police were close behind.
"The officer gave chase," she said. "(Jones) continued to speed, disregarding numerous stop signs and stop lights and reaching speeds well over 60 miles per hour."
More officers joined the chase, Brewer said. One of them, while pursing Jones east on 76th Street, crashed in to a car at the intersection of Yates Avenue.
Jones, who was found a short time later "standing outside the black Chevy," is charged with murder in her death.
Britany Davis, the defendant's ex-girlfriend, said she doesn't believe Jones is guilty of the home invasion, adding, "he is a nice guy, home from college for the summer."
"It's not fair that he's charged with murder either; he didn't crash in to (the victim), the cop did," Davis said Friday after a judge ordered Jones held on $2 million bond.