3rd suspect formally charged with murder in death of Asiyanna Jones
PITTSFIELD — Appearing in shackles in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday, Gary K. "G-Black" Linen formally was charged with murder in the death of Asiyanna Jones.
Linen, 38, quietly uttered the words "not guilty" when asked for his plea by Judge John Agostini.
He is the third of three suspects charged with murder in the Oct. 2 shooting death of Jones, 22.
Two co-defendants, Carey Pilot, 45, and Josiaiah T. "JoJo" Bynum, 20, each are facing multiple charges in the case. They were arraigned on the murder charge Tuesday and ordered held without bail.
Pilot and Bynum are accused of firing weapons at Linen and a 25-year-old woman, who has not been charged with a crime, on Dewey Avenue.
Linen is accused of returning fire toward the two. Jones was struck in the head by a bullet about 10:45 p.m. while she was inside a car. She died hours later.
While all three are accused of engaging in the gunfire that led to Jones' death, it remains unclear who fired the fatal shot.
Linen apparently fled the Berkshires in the wake of the incident. He was arrested in the New York City area in March and was held in custody there before being transported back to Pittsfield for arraignment.
Linen, represented by attorney Marissa Elkins, also had not guilty pleas entered on four other charges connected to the incident; two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, and one count each of illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.
He was ordered held without the right to bail.
After the July 3 arraignments, interim Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello declined to comment on the case in general and on any details regarding what led to the three murder indictments.
All three defendants are due back in court Oct. 10 for pretrial hearings.
A conviction of first-degree murder in Massachusetts carries a penalty of life in prison without parole.
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