Local family fears injustice in son's death

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:10:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 10:54:17 AM EST

VIDEO: The family of a local man who was shot dead .. takes to the streets .. picketing against a possible "stand your ground" defense by the accused killer.


Ferneze Jones' mother, Phyllis Jones, said she called Channel 4 Monday night because a week after her son's death, she wants his story heard.

"He was a loving person and he did not deserve to die the way he did," said Phyllis Jones.

Jones said she is worried that her son's accused killer, Christopher Charles -- who remains in the Duval County jail charged with murder -- could get out. According to police, Charles shot and killed Jones in front of his Arlington home.

Charles told police he and Jones (pictured, right) had been arguing over money and that Jones had threatened to come to his home and shoot Charles. Jones did return to the home February 26, but he was not armed. Charles told police he was forced to open fire on Jones.

"We want the court house, the White House, to hear our voice," said Jones' aunt, Renae Stanfield. "Feel our pain, we don't want this to happen to no one else. All this stand your ground that's a loophole, we won't stand for it," said Stanfield.

Although Charles is charged with murder, Channel 4 spoke with gun rights attorney Eric Friday said Charles could very well claim self defense.

"It doesn't matter whether they're armed or not, if someone's attempting to do a forcible felony against you, you have the right to defend yourself, whether they are armed or not is irrelevant," said Friday.

Jones' family is worried after seeing cases like Trayvon Martin's death and Jordan Davis' death and worries "stand your ground" laws could impact Ferneze Jones' case.

"It hit personally about Trayvon, it hit personally about Jordan Davis, the guy who got killed on Baymeadows," said Jones' children's mother, Shankia Flanders. "It's always hit home. Someone close to you now it's really hit home."

Charles remains in jail on murder charges, he will be back in court March 20.


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