3 indicted on first-degree murder charges in shooting of Asiyanna Jones
PITTSFIELD — Nearly nine months after the fatal shooting of Asiyanna Jones, three people are facing murder charges in her death.
Josiah T. Bynum, 20, Carey Pilot, 45, and Gary Linen, 38, have been indicted by a Berkshire grand jury on one count each of first-degree murder, according to a release issued late Friday by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
"It's about time," said Jones' mother, Shanay Jones. "I hope and pray they all get the time they deserve."
All three already are implicated in Jones' death, but these are the first murder charges that have been filed in the case.
Jones, 22, was sitting in a BMW on Dewey Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 2 when she was struck at least twice by bullets, one of which hit her in the head. She was pronounced dead early the next morning at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
The events that led to the shooting remain unclear.
Pilot allegedly fired shots at Linen and a 25-year-old woman, according to witness statements to police. Bynum also is accused of firing shots toward Linen.
Linen then returned fire toward the vehicle Bynum was in, and then fired toward the BMW, witnesses told police.
Linen apparently fled the Berkshires in the aftermath of the shooting and was arrested on a warrant in the New York City area in early March. It is unclear when he will be returned to Massachusetts to face the murder charge.
All three will be arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court "in the near future," according to the statement from the District Attorney's Office.
Pilot, who already was in custody on charges unrelated to Jones' death, pleaded not guilty in March to two counts of armed assault to murder.
Bynum pleaded not guilty in April to charges of armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm without a license. He was free on $5,000 bail after his arraignment in Superior Court, but a warrant was issued for his arrest based on the new charge. He was arrested on that warrant Friday afternoon.
Linen has been indicted on two counts of armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm without a license. He remains in custody in New York.
A conviction of first-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Eagle reporter Amanda Drane contributed to this story.
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