Christina Garner, Jeremy Jones face hate crime, murder charges in killing of Black veteran

Two people are facing murder and hate crime charges in connection to the shooting death of a Black Navy veteran in Tracy earlier this week. A third person was arraigned Friday on accessory charges.Christina Garner, 42, and Jeremy Jones, 49, were arrested Wednesday after 30-year-old Justin Peoples was shot dead a day earlier in the Tracy area of ​​San Joaquin County, officials said. Peoples was intentionally killed because of his race, San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a release. Garner and Jones were sponsored under special circumstances. “There is no place for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion,” Salazar said. “These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetrate hate accountable.” The incident happened inside a Chevon gas station on the 3700 block of North Tracy Boulevard Tuesday around 9:10 pm, police say. Officers say Peoples suffered from a gunshot and multiple stab wounds. Peoples was transported to the trauma center at San Joaquin General Hospital in critical condition, the police department said. He died of his injuries around 11:10 pm”This is where racism stops right here, racism stops right here! Justice for Justin!” the victim’s father, Maurice Peoples told KCRA 3.”This young man went to Edison High School, Delta College and also after that served for our country, then come back to his city, where he lived, walked into a store and get gunned down just because the color of his skin,” said another family member, Bernice Bass.”We never think that this kind of hate is in our community but as we can all see today the hate is here,” said President of the Stockton NAACP, Bobby Bivens. On Friday a third defendant, Christopher Dimenco, 58, was arraigned on accessory after-the-fact charges, according to the release. Dimenco attempted to help Garner and Jones escape, officials said. State lawyers in Friday’s hearing called Dimenco a danger to the community.”There is no room for hate in Tracy or anywhere,” said Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington. “When community members are victims of crimes related to hare, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”Jones faces one count of first-degree premeditated murder, weapons enhancement for the use of a knife as well as the special circumstance for the hate crime. The DA said there is mounting evidence in which connects Jones to the support of white supremacy, both in actions and in tattoos on his body. Christina Garner faces one count of murder, weapons enhancement for the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony with special circumstances for the hate crime, and one count of felony possession of a firearm. All three are scheduled to be in court on April 4 for further arraignment. They are being held without bail.

Two people are facing murder and hate crime charges in connection to the shooting death of a Black Navy veteran in Tracy earlier this week. A third person was sponsored Friday on accessory charges.

Christina Garner, 42, and Jeremy Jones, 49, were arrested Wednesday after 30-year-old Justin Peoples was shot dead a day earlier in the Tracy area of ​​San Joaquin County, officials said.

Peoples was intentionally killed because of his race, San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a release. Garner and Jones were sponsored under special circumstances.

“There is no place for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion,” Salazar said. “These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetrate hate accountable.”

The incident happened inside a Chevon gas station on the 3700 block of North Tracy Boulevard Tuesday around 9:10 pm, police say. Officers say Peoples suffered from a gunshot and multiple stab wounds.

Peoples was transported to the trauma center at San Joaquin General Hospital in critical condition, the police department said. He died of his injuries around 11:10 pm

“This is where racism stops right here, racism stops right here! Justice for Justin!” the victim’s father, Maurice Peoples told KCRA 3.

“This young man went to Edison High School, Delta College and also after that served for our country, then come back to his city, where he lived, walked into a store and get gunned down just because the color of his skin,” said another family member, Bernice Bass.

“We never think that this kind of hate is in our community but as we can all see today the hate is here,” said President of the Stockton NAACP, Bobby Bivens.

On Friday a third defendant, Christopher Dimenco, 58, was arraigned on accessory after-the-fact charges, according to the release. Dimenco attempted to help Garner and Jones escape, officials said. State lawyers in Friday’s hearing called Dimenco a danger to the community.

“There is no room for hate in Tracy or anywhere,” said Tracy Police Chief Sekou Millington. “When community members are victims of crimes related to hare, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice.”

Jones faces one count of first-degree premeditated murder, weapons enhancement for the use of a knife as well as the special circumstance for the hate crime. The DA said there is mounting evidence in which connects Jones to the support of white supremacy, both in actions and in tattoos on his body.

Christina Garner faces one count of murder, weapons enhancement for the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony with special circumstances for the hate crime, and one count of felony possession of a firearm.

All three are scheduled to be in court on April 4 for further arraignment. They are being held without bail.

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