AURORA | Arapahoe County prosecutors have increased the charges against a paralyzed gang member accused of killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter last year.
Jones was scheduled to enter a plea to that charge on Monday, but Michelle Yi, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County district attorney’s office, said prosecutors opted to file a more serious charge of first-degree murder against Jones.
He is due in court in February for a preliminary hearing, after which a judge will likely rule whether there is enough evidence for him to stand trial on the murder charge.
Police said Jones was caring for the girl when she stopped breathing. Doctors later said there were signs that she had been abused.
Jones made headlines when he was shot and paralyzed earlier in 2014 by anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts, who was acquitted of attempted murder in the case earlier this year.
According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Jones, who goes by the nicknames “Munch” and “Lil Mafia,” has been arrested several times in Denver and Aurora in recent years.
He was arrested in Denver in October 2010 and charged with drug distribution, assault and child abuse, and in August 2014 he was arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting at a man in May of that year. A jury later acquitted him of attempted murder ad other charges stemming from that case.
He is being held in the Arapahoe County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, according to jail records.