Young defendant, 14, in court on murder charge
FLINT -- (04/12/11) -- The Flint teen believed to be the youngest person ever to be charged with murder in Genesee County was back in court today.
Mark Jones, 14, is charged as an adult in the November shooting death of 73-year-old Merlyne Wray.
Investigators said from the start Jones robbed and then killed Wray.
Today, a second teen charged in this case, his cousin, testified against Jones.
"He called me and told me to come outside," the teen testified. "He was in a white Malibu."
Investigators say that white Chevy Malibu was Merlyne Wray's car, the one police say Mark Jones stole from her driveway after he robbed and shot Wray in her south side home in November.
This teen, who we are not identifying, says he's Jones' cousin, and that he was in that car twice and saw a gun.
"We got to driving. He told what happened. He said he shot her. I said, 'shot who?' He said he shot her. I said, 'What you shoot her for?' Didn't tell me."
This teen, currently placed at a juvenile facility in Kalamazoo, says Jones also had a wallet and knew it was Wray's because her ID was in it.
The teen says Jones gave him a credit card number to buy cell phone minutes. When the prosecutor asked if it was Wray's credit card number, the teen said "I guess so."
The doctor who performed Wray's autopsy says she was shot once in the back.
"I check up on quite her a lot. I was there like two days before and seen her," Wray's son-in-law Narciso Pacheco said.
Pacheco found her early in her living room in the evening of November 17.
"I see her and think she's sleeping," he said.
He says called 911, called his wife and then went back to look at Wray. "The house just didn't seem right. There was kinda papers on the floor," he testified.
"So I got into the two bedrooms, drawers pulled out, closets opened up. Then I realized something was wrong."
Wray's family also noticed her wallet and cell phone were missing. They didn't know she had been shot until police told them.
Jones' preliminary hearing continues next month. It will determine if he will stand trial.
If convicted, the 14-year-old faces life in prison without parole.
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