During an emotional bond hearing that featured outbursts from the families of both the victim and the accused, a 17-year-old Northwest High School student was ordered held without bond Monday on charges of first degree murder that could send him to jail for life.
Ta’Quawn Deon Henderson of Germantown, turned himself into police. He has been charged as an adult.
The body of 17-year-old Jailyn Jones was found Jan. 24 in a creek near Great Seneca Highway in the 18900 block of Grotto Lane in Germantown. According to Montgomery States Attorney’s office, Jones was stabbed many times and had multiple fractures to his facial bones.
“This was a brutal homicide,” said County State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
McCarthy said the investigation was continuing, and he left the door open to whether anyone else would be charged. He would not comment on a motive but said the young men were students together. “These two boys did know each other.”
“I am not prepared to say there is not another suspect,” McCarthy said.
During the five months since the murder, McCarthy and Montgomery County Police have urged anyone with information to come forward. Still, no one has.
The juvenile was arrested after his DNA was found on Jones’ jeans and boots that were collected near the scene.
“It is a sad and emotional day,” McCarthy said, noting that Jones should be preparing to graduate high school now. “My heart goes out to the Jones’ family.”
When the suspect appeared by video for his bond hearing, Jones’ mother, Alexis Jones, screamed,”I’m glad they got you. I’m glad they got you, bastard.” When a court employee asked her to be quiet, she screamed out, “He killed my son.”
At that point, members of the defendant’s family who were seated in the court room yelled back, “You don’t know that.”
Alexis Jones pointed to the video monitor and yelled, “You are going to jail for the rest of your life.” A member of the suspect’s family replied, “You don’t know nothing.”
Jones was then escorted from the court. She and her two daughters left the courthouse following the hearing out a back door. Members of the suspect’s family said they didn’t wish to speak to MyMCM.
According to court testimony, DNA was taken from the pants and boots. The results were a mixture of Jones’ blood and the suspect’s DNA. No weapons were recovered either on the suspect or in his home.