Pascagoula man indicted on charges linked to Moss Point shooting

mbbaker@sunherald.comJune 30, 2014 

PASCAGOULA -- An Aug. 12 trial date tentatively has been set for a Pascagoula man indicted on charges of shooting into a dwelling and aggravated assault, court records show.

Clarence William Jones III, 21, waived his arraignment in the case and entered a plea of not guilty.

Moss Point police launched a search for Jones after a report of an armed home invasion in the 5000 block of Billy Avenue in the early-morning hours of Sept, 8, 2012.

Police said the victim, a then 55-year-old man, heard something at his door and when he opened it, the suspect was standing there demanding cash. The victim, police said, told the suspect he didn't have any money and to leave. That's when the suspect, later identified as Jones, reportedly fired two shots, injuring the victim.

The victim was treated at Singing River Hospital and released.

Jones is being held without bond at the Jackson County jail.

He has an additional charge of aggravated assault in connection with a Jan. 28, 2013, shooting in the 3000 block of Brazil Avenue. In that case, he's accused of shooting and injuring another man.

A nearby school was placed on temporary lockdown as a precaution when that shooting occurred.

Jones currently remains jailed in Jackson County without bond.

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