Railroad Park murder suspect bonds out of jail

Railroad Park murder suspect bonds out of jail

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Justin Jones. Source: Birmingham Police Department Justin Jones. Source: Birmingham Police Department
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham police have arrested a 17-year-old for the shooting death of another teen at Railroad Park earlier this year.

Justin Jones has been charged with murder and after appearing before a judge via a video system, Jones bonded out of jail Wednesday.

Wednesday evening, a local criminal defense attorney helped explain what the charge may imply surrounding the circumstances of the shooting.

Charles Salvagio is not Jones' lawyer says that with a murder charge, the prosecution will have to prove that Jones targeted 15-year-old Jarmaine Walton and wanted to kill him.

"If it were not intentional it would be manslaughter of some sort," Salvagio said.

Salvagio also talked to FOX6 News about Jones' bond amount. He believes that a $200,000 bond is high for a murder charge. He explains that the bond is up to the judge's discretion but he understands why Judge Katrina Ross set Jones' so high.

"In this case...[Jones] was a danger to the public. This was a crowd out there and shots were fired in a crowd," Salvagio said.

He says judges consider danger to the public, previous record of violence and other factors when determining bond.

Salvagio says in most cases, a murder charge carries a bond of $60,000.

And now that there's been an arrest in the case, who gets the reward money totaling around $12,000?

Days after Walton's death in March, Birmingham lawyer Eric Guster put up $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Other individuals, churches and businesses contributed to that reward and money also put up by Crime Stoppers.

"We're waiting on Crime Stoppers to know if the reward will be issued," Guster said.

Guster says the money was put into a trust account with his law firm and there's still about $5,000 not in the account. He says he's working to collect the rest and awaits Crime Stoppers instructions.

Police have said that tips were part of what lead to Jone's arrest.

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