Atlanta police believe an alleged rape is the main motive behind her killing.
“He admitted to choking Ms. Crawford,” Young said. “While he was choking Ms. Crawford, Ms. Jones put a plastic bag over her head.”
On Friday, a Fulton grand jury indicted the suspects on two counts of felony murder as well as one count each of murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and concealing the death of another, the DA’s office said. Brantley also was indicted on one count of aggravated sodomy for allegedly sexually assaulting Crawford five days before her death, according to a spokesman for the DA’s office.
Jones and Crawford had previously been close friends, Crawford’s family said. Jones, a Michigan native, had spent holidays with the Crawford family.
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On Oct. 26, Brantley was with the roommates in their McDaniel Street apartment and the three consumed alcohol, according to police reports. The following day, Crawford reported to police that Brantley had assaulted her.
Afterward, Crawford and Jones weren’t on speaking terms, Jones later told police. On the night of Oct. 30, Crawford asked Jones to take her on a late-night trip for alcohol, and Jones obliged, she told authorities.
Back at the apartment, there was a physical fight and Crawford was killed. Jones initially denied having any knowledge of her roommate’s whereabouts.
Crawford’s death made national headlines. Hundreds of mourners traveled to Athens to attend her funeral, which was live-streamed online. Two busloads of Clark Atlanta students and faculty made the trip from Atlanta. The funeral included remarks from the Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz, Clark Atlanta University President George T. French and Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts.
Jones and Crawford remained late Monday in the Fulton jail, where they are being held without bond.