Suspect in death of CAU student waives first court appearance
ATLANTA - A woman accused of killing Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford waived her first court appearance on Monday.
Jordyn Jones and her boyfriend, Barron Brantley, are charged with Crawford's murder. According to police, Crawford told officers Brantley sexually assaulted her just days before she was killed.
Three people who said they were friends of Jones' were at the Fulton County jail to support the 21-year-old. One family friend told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor Jones' family is devastated and lives in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
"She grew up in the church, her father is in law enforcement, this is all so out of character. She is a good person," the family friend told Proctor.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said the case was "absolutely heartbreaking” during a press briefing on Friday afternoon after learning of Crawford's death. Chief Shields said the 21-year-old's body was found in a DeKalb County park along Columbia Drive one week after her family reported she was missing.
Investigators were led to the location by one of the suspects.
Jordyn Jones (Fulton County Sheriff's Office )
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Chief Shields said investigators have not fully nailed down a motive, but Crawford did file a report with Atlanta police on Oct. 27 for unwanted touching and kissing by Brantley.
“In the report, Alexis described unwanted kissing and touching from Barron Brantley,” said Chief Shields.
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Crawford was last seen publicly on Oct. 30 at a store along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in southwest Atlanta. Jones told police she last saw Crawford after giving her a ride to the liquor store. Jones said they came back to the apartment, Crawford went to bed and was gone the next day. Jones also told investigators their apartment door was locked. But according to the report, Crawford’s key to the apartment was one of the things she left behind. The only items missing were Alexis' phone, I.D. and credit card.
The medical examiner's office ruled Saturday that Crawford's cause of death was asphyxiation.
Family, friends and the Clark Atlanta University community are still in shock. The news comes on the heels of an extensive week-long search.
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Brantley waived his first appearance Saturday at the Fulton County Jail, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office told FOX 5.
Jones also waived her first appearance, which was scheduled for Monday.
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A funeral is scheduled for Nov. 16 at Hill Chapel Baptist Church in Athens. For more information on the funeral arrangements click here.