‘I should end up dead’: 19-year-old pleads for death penalty after murdering Good Samaritan while high on PCP
A 19-year-old Texas man jailed for the shooting death of a Good Samaritan tried to stop a robbery and said he deserved the death penalty.
“What I did was wrong,” Justin Jones said. “I killed that man. I think I shouldn’t get less than the death penalty.
Dallas-born Jones confessed to police that he killed Donald Morrow II, 36, outside Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub and Grill on October 17 after committing a series of robberies while high on the notorious hallucinogen PCP.
Remorse: Jones says he committed the crime intoxicated from a drug cocktail but accepts he deserves the death penalty
His alleged accomplice, 17-year-old Tierra Winters, confessed to driving the getaway car that night. Police arrested the couple last week after receiving information about their whereabouts.
During a prison interview with the station WFAA Last Thursday, Jones said he took full responsibility for what happened.
“I’m here for capital murder,” he said. “You know I did it. Everyone knows I did it. I did it.’
The fateful night began when Jones took several pills of the widely used anti-anxiety drug Xanax. He then smoked some marijuana, which he says was laced with PCP
“It happened and then I don’t really remember much,” Jones said. “It was like I blacked out. It was like sleepwalking. I do it, but I don’t know what I’m doing.’
Arrested: Suspected getaway driver Tierra Winters, 17, is being jailed with Jason Jones for her involvement in the crime series that led to the violent death of Donald Morrow
He then met his friend Zadarian Montgomery, who he said had convinced him to take part in a robbery outside a Sunnyvale Street supermarket. Jones pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money and the man’s wallet Dallas Morningstar reported.
The couple then drove away with Jones at the wheel, police said.
Jones claims he passed out and doesn’t remember what came next, but according to police, he then met up with Winters and she gave him a ride around Dallas, robbing several people along the way.
At the end of that heist, authorities say, Jones Morrow approached Donnie Bullock and Bullock’s girlfriend just after 1 a.m. in the bar’s parking lot off Park Lane and the North Central Expressway.
The man pointed a gun at Bullock and demanded his wallet. Morrow tried to intervene and punched Jones, who then fatally shot him.
Blackout: Jones says he barely remembers the events of October 17, Bud admits he deserves the death penalty for his crimes.
Jones said he doesn’t remember anything about the incident except that someone hit him and the sound of a gunshot.
“After the shot, it’s like I’m dreaming,” he said. “I don’t even remember how I got home.”
When he woke up, Montgomery told him a bullet was missing from the gun and he knew he must have hurt someone, but he didn’t bother to check or report himself.
“I don’t even remember his face, what happened to him,” Jones said from prison. “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 reason, for some reason I can’t even explain,” he said.
Donald Morrow’s mother, Margie Morrow, said she wanted to see her son’s killer executed.
Victim: Margie Morrow says she wants her son Donald’s (R) killer to face the death penalty
“I believe there comes a time and place when whatever you do, you suffer the literal consequences of it,” she told the Dallas Morning News.
In an interview with Fox4, Jones said he apologized for his actions but did not ask his victim’s family to accept his apology. Instead, the 19-year-old said all he could do now was pray.
“I should end up dead,” 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 have been [taken]… I am not saying that I will go back to my cell and hang myself. But I’m saying what I did was so shitty that the judge shouldn’t give me anything but the death penalty and do it quickly,” he said.
Jones is being held on bail in excess of $1 million. Winters remains behind bars on $1 million bail.
Jones has strongly denied that the purpose of his tearful confession was for people to 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.