Child shooting suspects make first appearance in court

Published 10:39 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two Selma men arrested for their alleged involvement in the shooting of a 3-year-old last week while in his mother’s arms made their first appearance in court Monday.

Kentrevious Washington, 19, and Adrian Richardson Jr., 19, were arraigned before Dallas County District Judge Robert Armstrong, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

They each had their bonds set at $1 million apiece – $500,000 for an attempted murder charge and an additional $500,000 for a shooting into an unoccupied building charge.

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Washington and Richardson, according to Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier, turned themselves into officers with the Selma Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Tuesday morning.

Cassandra Jones, a 39-year-old school bus driver, was arrested last Friday for her alleged involvement in the shooting too. Jones was also charged with attempted murder and shooting into an unoccupied building.

According to Jackson, Judge Armstrong appointed attorney Alston Keith to represent Washington and attorney Vaughn Russell to represent Richardson.

Jones, Washington and Richardson were each originally being held without bond.

The shooting happened Thursday, March 8 around 7 p.m. at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Marie Foster Street. Collier said the shooting is believed to be retaliation for a physical altercation earlier that day between Jones and the child’s mother.

According to Sgt. Ray Blanks, witnesses told investigators they saw Jones drive a tan SUV into the parking lot of the apartment complex at a high rate of speed.

“Once in the parking lot of [the] complex, her son Kentrevious Washington came up through the sun roof of the vehicle and started shooting an assault rifle at the crowd of individuals on the sidewalk,” Blanks said in a press release.

“Jones then turned around at a high rate of speed and started shooting a gun out of the driver’s window along with her son at a mother and her 3-year-old child who is lying on the ground.”

The child was grazed on the side of his face. His injury was described by Collier as non-life threatening.

Collier said a high-powered assault rifle using 7.62 mm rounds and a high-powered pistol were the weapons used in the shooting. Witnesses identified Jones and Washington as the alleged shooters, according to Blanks.

Jones was arrested the day after the shooting while officers with the police department were executing a search warrant at a home on Primrose Terrace, which is where the three suspects were believed to be.

Collier said while officers were on the scene, Jones drove at them.

“She actually drove at us, and one of the officers said that’s the vehicle that was involved yesterday, and of course we took her out at gunpoint,” Collier said last week.

Jones, Washington and Richardson, according to Jackson, have preliminary hearings scheduled for April 3.