In a significant development, a judge has decided that Marshon Jones, a 17-year-old accused of robbing a Tacoma dispensary and tragically killing an employee in 2022, will face adult charges. This decision, made on Monday, includes the first-degree murder charge against Jones, as confirmed by the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. This case signifies the gravity of the crime and the pursuit of justice in holding the accused accountable.
On August 11, prosecutors and Jones' defense attorney presented their arguments about whether Jones should be charged as an adult. The judge was given until August 21 to reach a decision.
Jones, who was 15 years old at the time, is accused of robbing the World of Weed Cannabis Dispensary on March 19, 2022, together with 16-year-old Montrell Hatfield. This robbery resulted in the tragic shooting death of 29-year-old Jordan Brown from Gig Harbor.
According to charging documents, Jones allegedly shot Brown during a confrontation with Hatfield. When the police arrived at the scene, they found Brown with a gunshot wound and attempted to provide him with immediate medical assistance, but sadly, he was pronounced dead.
The death of Jordan Brown has had a profound impact on his family. His father, Dennis Brown, expressed the deep void left by Jordan's absence. Not only has Jordan missed important life events like his daughter's wedding and the upcoming birth of his niece or nephew, but he has also missed out on cherished moments such as birthdays, Christmases, and attending Husky football games with his father.
The family not only feels this void locally but even when Jordan would visit California to spend time with Dennis' extended family. No matter the outcome of the trial, the loss of Jordan will forever leave a void in their hearts. It should be noted that Jones and Hatfield, the individuals responsible for the shooting, are also connected to other armed robberies. Jones will face charges as an adult for these crimes.
The robberies include incidents at Lucid marijuana dispensary in Puyallup on March 14, 2022, Diamond Green marijuana dispensary in Tacoma on March 15, and Commencement Bay Cannabis on March 16. Both Jones and Hatfield were apprehended in Kent, approximately a month after the fatal shooting. Hatfield, who was charged as an adult, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Jones' next court appearance is set for August 28th, where the findings from the declination hearing will be revealed.