Roommate of slain Clark Atlanta University student withdrew from school after killing, police say

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 21:37:43-05

The roommate of a slain 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student was denied bond Thursday after it was found she planned to leave the state.

Jordyn Jones, 21, is charged with murder in the death of her college roommate.

Fulton County Judge Rachel Krause said Jordyn Jones posed a significant flight risk after it was revealed that hours after Alexis Crawford’s death, she withdrew from school and was planning to move back home to Michigan with her parents. Jones also tried to contact witnesses in the case, Krause said.

Jones and her boyfriend, Barron Brantley, both 21, are both charged with felony murder in the death of Crawford in Atlanta, Georgia.

Prosecutors revealed that a rape kit administered on Crawford days before her disappearance tested positive for Brantley’s semen. Prosecutors said Jones attempted to conceal evidence when she contacted Crawford’s family members and told them there was no DNA found on the rape kit.

Related: Funeral held for slain Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford

Jones put a bag over Crawford’s head, police say

New details about the killing emerged in court during a preliminary hearing for Brantley on Friday. Brantley also was denied bond.

Days before she vanished, Crawfordfiled a police report that described unwanted kissing and touching from Brantley, police said. The alleged sexual assault took place on October 26, according to court testimony Friday.

After the report was filed, Jones secretly allowed Brantley to stay in her bedroom without Crawford’s knowledge, said Detective Michael Young of the Atlanta Police Department.

The night of the Crawford’s death, Jones and Crawford got into a physical fight, according to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate WSB-TV. It was at that point Crawford discovered Brantley was staying there when he came out of Jones’ room and choked her in the early morning hours of October 31, Young said.

Young testified that after Brantley was taken into custody, he told authorities that while choking Crawford “she was struggling to breathe and had the sound of agony.” Jones then put a plastic bag over her head, Young said.

The couple put Crawford’s body in a bin and cleaned blood from the living room, Young said.

After dumping Crawford’s body around in a wooded area at Exchange Park in Dekalb County, Jones and Brantley returned to the apartment and slept, Young said. They attended a Halloween party later that evening, Young said.

Jones took police to body’s location, detective says

When investigators searched the apartment, they sprayed luminol and found blood in at least six different places in the living room, Young said.

Young said surveillance video from the parking garage where Crawford and Jones lived showed Jones and Brantley pulling Jones’ car up to a door that leads to the apartment. Young said he believes Crawford’s body was loaded into the car at this time.

Young said when investigators confronted Jones with this information on November 8, she told police about the killing. Jones was accompanied by her father when she led police to Crawford’s body, Young said.

Young’s testimony gave Fulton County Judge Todd Ashley reason to find probable cause and move forward with murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death charges against Brantley.

Brantley’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 10.