Judge downgrades murder charge in ex-cop Pownall’s homicide case

October 11, 2018

Doretha Crosby (center, left) the mother of David Jones, joins friends and family in a protest outside headquarters of the 15th Police District June 19, 2017, as Asa Khalif with Black Lives Matters Pennsylvania uses bullhorn. Jones was shot dead June 8, 2017 by police officer Ryan Pownall, a 12-year veteran assigned to the 15th District. In 2010, Pownall also shot another fleeing suspect, Carnell Williams-Carney in the back. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer

By Staff

A Philadelphia judge Thursday downgraded a murder charge against former Philadelphia police officer Ryan Pownall in the controversial June 2017 on-duty shooting death of David Jones, 30, assuring that Pownall will be tried for third-degree murder instead of first-degree murder.

The ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman, a response to a motion from Pownall’s defense team, was made without explanation in a Criminal Justice Center courtroom packed mostly with supporters of Pownall, 36, who was not present, and who is the first on-duty city cop since 1999 charged with homicide.

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