Murder charge filed against 3rd person in killing of Asiyanna Jones

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PITTSFIELD — A third suspect has been charged with murder in the 2017 shooting death of Asiyanna Jones.

Elizabeth "Nunu" Perez, 27, was arrested by state police Wednesday in Quincy on a warrant issued on one count each of murder and misleading police after a grand jury indicted her on those charges June 26.

"The Berkshire District Attorney's Office obtained these serious new charges from a grand jury indictment as part of our effort to attain justice for the family of Asiyanna Jones," Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement Friday. "I want to thank members of the grand jury, and State Police for apprehending Elizabeth Perez near Boston."

Carey Pilot, 46 and Gary Linen, 39, previously were indicted, on charges including murder, by grand juries convened under then-Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello. Charges against the two were dropped this year amid questions regarding whether evidence was presented properly to those grand juries.

Both cases were submitted to a new grand jury, which handed down fresh indictments against Pilot and Linen, also on June 26.

But the same grand jury did not return indictments against Josaiah "JoJo" Bynum, who previously was charged in Jones' death and whose case also was resubmitted.

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Bynum's charges in that case subsequently were dropped, though he has an open case on drug and gun charges from 2017 that is not related to the Jones shooting. That case is scheduled for trial this month.

This is the first time that Perez, whose name appears in investigatory materials related to the case, formally has been charged in the killing.

Prosecutors believe that Pilot set off a shootout on Dewey Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 2, 2017, when she opened fire toward Perez and Linen, with whom she had been in a fight earlier in the day.

Jones, 22, who was in a nearby parked car, was struck in the head by a bullet and died hours later.

Specific details regarding Perez's alleged role in the killing and how she allegedly misled police were not immediately available. She remains in custody and is expected to be arraigned on her charges Monday in Berkshire Superior Court.

If convicted of the murder charge, each defendant faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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


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