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Missing-Child Suspect Indicted In Md. Slaying

By Fredrick Kunkle
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 26, 2005; Page B04

A man described by authorities as a suspect in a missing-child case in California was charged Monday in the slaying of a Frederick man in 2000.

Tieray D. Jones, 26, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of second-degree murder in the August 2000 shooting of John Earl Hill Jr., said Lt. Thomas Chase of the Frederick police. Chase declined to comment on a motive for the killing.

Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle said Jones remains a suspect in the disappearance of his 2-year-old stepson, Jahi Turner, in San Diego in 2002.

According to Frederick County authorities and reports in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Jones told investigators that he left the boy alone in a Balboa Park playground while he went to buy a soda and that the boy was gone when he returned after 15 minutes.

"I think until Jahi is located, [Jones] will always be a suspect," Chase said.

Jones had moved to California with the child's mother while she was stationed there with the Navy, and he returned to the Frederick area several months ago, Chase said.

Hill, 27, was fatally shot in the abdomen about 3 a.m. Aug. 30, 2000, Chase said.

Nearby, investigators found .380-caliber shell casings and a .25-caliber handgun that Hill had armed himself with after having an argument with someone before the shooting, Chase said.

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