‘I must die’: 19-year-old pleads for death penalty after killing good Samaritan under PCP
A 19-year-old Texas man jailed for shooting a Good Samaritan tried to stop the robbery and said he deserved the death penalty.
“What I did was wrong,” Justin Jones said. “I killed this man. I think I should get nothing less than the death penalty.
Dallas native Jones confessed to police that he killed 36-year-old Donald Morrow II outside Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Grill on October 17 after committing a series of robberies while under the influence of the notorious PCP hallucinogen.
Remorse: Jones says he committed the crime while under a drug cocktail, but admits he deserves the death penalty.
His alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Tierra Winters, admitted to driving the getaway car that night. Police arrested the couple last week after receiving information about their whereabouts.
During a prison interview with WFAA last Thursday, Jones said he takes full responsibility for what happened.
“I’m here for capital murder,” he said. “They know I did it. Everyone knows that I did it. I did it.’
The fateful night began when Jones took several pills of the widely available sedative drug Xanax. He then smoked some marijuana, which he said was laced with phencyclidine.
“It started and then I don’t remember much,” Jones said. “It was like I was losing consciousness. Like I was walking in my sleep. I do it, but I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Detention: Alleged getaway driver Tierra Winters, 17, is jailed along with Jason Jones for participating in a criminal spree that led to the violent death of Donald Morrow.
He then ran into his friend Zadarian Montgomery, who he says convinced him to take part in a carjacking robbery outside a convenience store on Sunnyvale Street. According to the Dallas Morning Star, Jones pointed a gun at the victim, demanding money and the man’s wallet.
The couple then drove away with Jones at the wheel, police said.
Jones claims he passed out and has no memory of what happened next, but police said he then met with Winters and she drove him around Dallas, robbing several people along the way.
According to authorities, at the end of this series of robberies, Jones approached Morrow, Donny Bullock, and Bullock’s girlfriend shortly after 1:00 a.m. in the parking lot of a bar on Park Lane and the North Central Expressway.
The man pointed a gun at Bullock and demanded his wallet. Morrow attempted to intervene by punching Jones, who then fatally shot him.
Blackout: Jones says he has little memory of the events of October 17, Bud admits he deserves the death penalty for his crimes.
Jones said he had no recollection of the incident other than someone hitting him and the sound of a gunshot.
“After the shot, it’s like I’m sleeping,” he said. I don’t even remember how I got home.
When he wakes up, he says that Montgomery told him that the gun was missing a bullet, which is when he realized he must have hurt someone, but he didn’t bother to check and give himself up.
“I don’t even remember his face, what happened to him,” Jones said from prison. “I don’t even remember going up to him, waving a gun at him – all I remember is just a shot.”
“This man died out of the blue, for some shit that I can’t even explain,” he said.
Donald Morrow’s mother, Margie Morrow, said she wanted her son’s killer to be executed.
Victim: Margie Morrow says she wants the killer of her son Donald (right) to face the death penalty.
“I believe there comes a time and a place when what you do, you bear the literal consequences for it,” she told the Dallas Morning News.
In an interview with Fox4, Jones said he regretted his actions, but did not ask the victim’s family to accept his apology. Instead, the 19-year-old said that all he could do now was pray.
“I must die,” he said. “I don’t even want to live anymore… 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 that I’ll go back to my cell and hang myself. But I say that what I did was so bad that the judge should not give me anything but the death penalty and do it quickly,” he said.
Jones is on bail of over $1 million. Winters also remains behind bars on $1 million bail.
Jones flatly 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,” he said.