Two arraigned in Jones murder case
PITTSFIELD — Almost nine months after a bullet took the life of Asiyanna Jones, two people were formally charged with murder in the case.
With calm, collected voices, Josaiah "JoJo" Bynum, 20, and Carey Pilot, 45, entered not guilty pleas on Wednesday to one count each of first-degree murder.
Judge John Agostini ordered both held without the right to bail.
A third suspect, Gary "G-Black" Linen, 38, also is facing a murder charge in the case. He is being held in custody in New York after being arrested on an unrelated warrant earlier this year, and is due to be arraigned on the murder charges in the near future.
Bynum and Pilot previously were indicted and arraigned on other charges connected to the events of Oct. 2. In April, Bynum entered not guilty pleas to two counts of armed assault to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. In late March, Pilot entered not guilty pleas to two counts of armed assault to murder.
The pair are accused of firing weapons at Linen and a 25-year-old woman, who has not been charged with a crime.
Linen is accused of returning fire toward Bynum and Pilot. Jones, 22, was struck in the head by a bullet about 10:45 p.m. while she was inside a car on Dewey Avenue.
While all three are accused of engaging in the gunfire that led to Jones' death, it remains unclear who fired the fatal shot.
Following the arraignments, 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.
Pilot already was being held without bail, pending bail revocation and dangerousness hearings. She has an open Berkshire Superior Court case on cocaine trafficking and weapons charges.
Bynum was free on $5,000 bail on his earlier set of charges. He was taken into custody Friday afternoon after the murder indictment was handed up.
Pilot and Bynum are due back in court for pretrial hearings Oct. 10, eight days after what will be the one-year anniversary of Jones' death.
A conviction of first-degree murder carries a penalty of life in prison without parole.
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