Fairfield Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Courtesy of family friend
    Genelle Conway, 13, whose body was found in a Fairfield park.

    The man accused of killing a 13-year-old foster child in Fairfield made his first court appearance Wednesday.

    District Attorney Donald A. du Bain announced his office has charged Anthony Lemar Jones, 32, with one count of murder with special circumstances in connection with the death of Gennelle Conway Allen.

    The special circumstances means Jones could face the death penalty.

    Fairfield said last week that Jones had been a suspect from the start in connection with the high-profile case of a slain 13-year-old, whose naked body was found at about 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 1 in a parking lot at Allan Witt  Park in Fairfield.

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    Jones appeared before Judge Peter Foor today dressed in  black-and-white striped jail clothing with his hands in handcuffs behind his back.

    Here are the special circumstance charges from the District Attorney:

    (1) That the murder was committed during the commission of a kidnapping in violation of Penal Code section 190.2(a)(17)(C).

    (2) That the murder was committed during the commission of a rape in violation of Penal Code section 190.2(a)(17)(B).

    (3) That the murder was committed during the commission of a lewd or lascivious act upon a child under the age of 14 years in violation of Penal Code section 190.2(a)(17)(E).

    Jones declined to enter a plea to the charges Wednesday and his appointed counsel asked instead that his arraignment to be delayed until next week.

    The special circumstances allegations require that the defendant be held in jail without bail.