Bail set for suspect in Asiyanna Jones shooting; man police suspect of firing fatal shot still at large

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PITTSFIELD — After four months of being held without the right to bail, a 19-year-old city man, implicated in connection with the Oct. 2, 2017 shooting death of 22-year-old Asiyanna Jones, had a new bail of $5,000 set following a court hearing Tuesday.

Josaiah T. "JoJo" Bynum faces charges of armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm without a license. He has not been charged with firing the shot that killed Jones; he's accused of firing a gun toward her alleged killer, Gary "G-Black" Linen, who remains at large.

In court papers, Bynum's attorney, Colin Keefe, also noted prosecutors have failed to turn over requested discovery evidence in the case including copies of video-recorded witness interviews, copies of written witness statements, any exculpatory evidence that could support his client's case and any supplemental police reports.

"After 120 days, they haven't indicted, they haven't given me one additional piece of discovery; there's three videos of interviews. ... I've been requesting them ... and I have not received them," Keefe said by telephone Tuesday afternoon. "They spoke to multiple witnesses, and I have reason to believe they spoke to four or five civilians, and they have not given me any supplemental reports or anything."

By telephone Tuesday, Berkshire District Attorney's Office spokesman Fred Lantz said the office could not comment on the matter, because Bynum's case is open and ongoing.

Keefe also argued before Judge Paul Smyth — who also presided over Bynum's dangerousness hearing in Central Berkshire District Court — to have the bail set following the expiration of the 120-day period that his client was held as dangerous.

Bynum has been in custody since his arrest on Oct. 15.

"I'm very, very pleased with the judge's decision," Keefe said. "I feel that Judge Smyth really listened to my argument and made the right decision. We feel that justice was served today."

If he posts bail, Bynum must not possess firearms and must submit to GPS monitoring. He will remain held at least until a GPS unit becomes available, according to court files.

Prosecutors allege Bynum fired at Linen about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 2, on Dewey Avenue after an altercation.

In response, police said, Linen opened fire on the vehicle in which Bynum was riding, as well as the BMW in which Jones was seated with another female passenger. Two of the shots pierced the BMW's windshield, one of which struck Jones in the head.

Another man, Justin D. Crawford, 20, is being held on $25,500 bail on drug and weapons charges in connection to a vehicle that was spotted in the area of Jones' shooting.

Crawford was spotted near an SUV that matched the description of one allegedly near both the Dewey Avenue shooting and another report of shots fired nearby about an hour and 45 minutes later.

Police spotted that vehicle on Cherry Street shortly after the description went out to officers and identified Crawford, who was standing at the driver's-side door wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white markings. When officers approached, Crawford ran.

Officers followed his route and found a discarded cellphone and, during a search, found a sweatshirt believed to be the one police had seen Crawford wearing. The shirt appeared to have two fresh bloodstains on it, police said.

The Jeep, which is not registered to Crawford, was seized as evidence. Police believe it might have been involved in both shootings.

A warrant was issued for Crawford's arrest and he was taken into custody on Oct. 9. He has since been indicted by a Berkshire grand jury and his case has been moved into Berkshire Superior Court.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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