A 19-year-old Texas man jailed for fatally shooting a good Samaritan who was trying to prevent a robbery says he deserves the death penalty.
“What I did was wrong,” Justin Jones said. ‘I killed that man. I think he should receive nothing less than the death penalty.
Jones, a Dallas native, confessed to police that he killed Donald Morrow II, 36, outside Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Grill on Oct. 17 after committing a series of robberies while high on the notorious hallucinogen PCP.
Remorse: Jones says he committed the crime under the influence of a cocktail of drugs, but accepts that he deserves the death penalty.
His alleged accomplice, Tierra Winters, 17, confessed to driving the getaway car that night. Police arrested the couple last week after receiving information about their whereabouts.
During a jailhouse interview with the station WFAA Last Thursday, Jones said he accepts full responsibility for what happened.
“I’m here for capital murder,” he said. ‘They know I did it. Everyone knows I did it. I did it.’
The fateful night began with Jones taking several tablets of the widely available anti-anxiety medication Xanax. He continued to smoke some marijuana, which he claimed turned out to be laced with PCP.
“It kicked in and then I don’t really remember much,” Jones said. “It was like I was fainting. It was as if he were sleepwalking. I’m doing it but I don’t know what I’m doing.’
Held: Tierra Winters, 17, alleged getaway driver, is jailed along with Jason Jones for her role in the crime spree that led to the violent death of Donald Morrow.
He then ran into his friend Zadarian Montgomery, who he said convinced him to get involved in a carjacking outside a convenience store on Sunnyvale Street. Jones pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money and the man’s wallet, the Dallas Morning Star reported.
The couple then drove away, with Jones driving, police said.
Jones claims he blacked out and doesn’t remember what happened next, but according to police, he then ran into Winters and she drove him around Dallas robbing several people along the way.
At the end of that robbery spree, authorities say Jones approached Morrow, Donnie Bullock and Bullock’s girlfriend shortly after 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the bar at Park Lane and North Central Expressway.
The man pointed a gun at Bullock and demanded his wallet. Morrow attempted to intervene, punching Jones, who then fatally shot him.
Blackout: Jones says he remembers little of the events of October 17, Bud admits he deserves the death penalty for his crimes.
Jones said he remembers nothing about the incident except someone hitting him and the sound of a gunshot.
“After the shot, it’s like I was dreaming,” he said. “I don’t even remember how I got home.”
When he woke up, he says, Montgomery told him that a bullet was missing from the gun and he knew then that he must have hit someone, but he didn’t bother to check or turn himself in.
“I don’t even remember his face, what happened to him,” Jones said from jail. “I don’t even remember walking up to him and pointing a gun at him; all I remember is just one shot.”
“This man died for no fucking reason, for some shit I can’t even explain,” he said.
Donald Morrow’s mother, Margie Morrow, said she wants to see her son’s killer executed.
Victim: Margie Morrow says she wants her son Donald’s killer (R) to face the death penalty
“I think there comes a time and a place where what you do, you suffer the literal consequences of it,” he told the Dallas Morning News.
In an interview with Fox4 Jones said he regrets his actions but is not asking his victim’s family to accept his apology. Instead, the 19-year-old said all he can do now is pray.
“I should end up dead,” he said. ‘I don’t even want to go on living… I don’t want to be here.
‘I feel like I took this man’s life and my life should be (taken)… I’m not saying I’m going to go back to my cell and hang myself. But what I’m saying is that what I did was so fucked up that the judge should give me nothing but the death penalty and do it quickly,” he said.
Jones is being held on bail totaling more than $1 million. Winters also remains behind bars on $1 million bail.
Jones has emphatically denied that the purpose of his tearful confession was to make people feel sorry for him.
‘Please don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t even want my family to feel sorry for me,” she stated.