Charges against Pittsfield woman apparently tied to killing of Asiyanna Jones


This story has been modified to remove a reference to an unrelated perjury case.

PITTSFIELD — A city woman is being held without bail on charges that apparently are connected to the Oct. 2, 2017, shooting death of Asiyanna Jones.

Carey Pilot, 45, waived her right to appear in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday for arraignment on two counts of armed assault to murder. Not guilty pleas were entered on her behalf.

No details regarding the charges were aired during the proceeding.

The charges stem from an alleged attempt to harm a 38-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman on Oct. 2, according to a brief release issued by the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. Neither alleged victim was identified by the DA's Office, and there has been no allegation that Pilot fired the shot that killed the 22-year-old Jones.

A suspect who is believed to be responsible for Jones' death remains at large; two other people have been charged in the incident.

Josiah T. "JoJo" Bynum was arraigned in October on charges of armed assault to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm without a license. His case is expected to be moved into Berkshire Superior Court in mid-April.

Bynum is accused of firing a shot toward Gary "G-Black" Linen, who allegedly returned fire. That returned gunfire allegedly struck Jones, who was behind the wheel of a BMW at the time. Linen remains at large.

Justin D. Crawford faces charges of illegal weapons possession after allegedly running from officers who were investigating the Oct. 2 shooting. Crawford reportedly was found near a dark SUV that matched the description of one seen leaving Dewey Avenue after the shots were fired.

Police pursued Crawford, who allegedly dropped a sweatshirt that appeared to have two fresh bloodstains on its front, police said.

Inside the SUV, police found a 9 mm handgun with an unreadable, defaced serial number. The gun had two rounds in its magazine and one in the chamber, police said.

Pilot has an open case in Central Berkshire District Court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and an open Berkshire Superior Court matter on cocaine trafficking and weapons charges.

She is being held without bail, pending a hearing in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday on motions to revoke her bail on those open court cases, as well as for a dangerousness hearing on her new charges.

If convicted on her new charges, Pilot faces up to 20 years in prison.

Bob Dunn can be reached at, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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