During the hearing, Selma Police Department Sgt. Kendall Thomas described the scene as he arrived at the corner of Franklin Street and Memorial Avenue Saturday night around 10 p.m. Thomas said Alexis Hunter was lying on the curb, with her legs on Franklin Avenue and her torso on the grass.
“When I arrived, she was bleeding profusely from the head and was unconscious and unresponsive,” he said.
Alexis Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head at close range by Jones, Thomas testified. Thomas testified in Monday’s hearing that he connected Jones as the shooter through multiple interviews with witnesses.
The incident began when a group of young men, including Larry Hunter and Jones, were talking near the intersection of Franklin Street and Memorial Avenue.
Larry Hunter told police Jones said, “I got to get this money. I’m broke. I need some money. The next person that comes through I got to get it,” according to Thomas.
A group of three teenage girls, including Alexis Hunter, walked past Selma High School on Franklin and were confronted by Jones, Thomas said.
Witness accounts vary on the exact details of the conversation between Jones and the girls, but all accounts confirm Jones reportedly pulled a gun from his waistband and fired one shot, striking Alexis Hunter in the head after asking for her phone.
The two remaining girls scattered after the gunshot, but were chased by the suspects and asked to hand over their phones. Both girls returned home.
Sunday will mark a year since 18-year-old Selma High student Alexis Hunter was shot and killed near her school, leaving her mother with a pain that’s hard to describe.
Since Joann Hunter learned that a Selma teen allegedly killed her daughter at the corner of Franklin Street and Memorial Avenue, she has tried to keep her daughter’s loving and kind spirit alive.
Murder suspects John Jones and Larry Hunter allegedly robbed a group of girls, including Alexis, for their cell phones during the incident on Dec. 21, 2013. The shooter was reportedly Larry.
Jones was indicted on capital murder at the time of the incident, and Larry received the same charge in early July.
The two are expected to appear in court for trial May 4, 2015.
Larry, who was 18 at the time of the incident, is facing either the death penalty or the life in jail without parole if convicted, District Attorney Michael Jackson said in July.
Because Jones was a minor at the time of the shooting, at 16 years old, he cannot face the death penalty, Jackson said.