Family hopes D.A. will give officer involved shooting another look
The family has filed a civil suit
SAN ANTONIO – Family, friends and community leaders joined together Thursday evening at the Mount Zion First Baptist Church hoping to get the Bexar County district attorney to take a second look at the Marquise Jones case.
The meeting comes three weeks after a grand jury decided not to indicate police officer Robert Encina.
"We're still grieving and we will be grieving until we get justice,” said Jones’ aunt, Debbie Bush.
Encina shot and killed Jones outside the Chaco's parking lot on the 8600 block of Perrin Beitel, in February 2014.
According to police, Jones was in a vehicle involved in a minor accident. Encina was working security and came outside to investigate.
"When he was running I just heard the cop just shoot. He didn't say anything to Marquise. He just started shooting," said Whitney, Jones' sister.
SAPD claims Jones had a weapon but the attorney for the Jones family says he's not buying it.
"If Marquise had a gun and Marquise intended to use it to harm someone why would he run away and (a) get distance away from the officer like their alleging he did," said Daryl Washington.
Jones' case was reviewed by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood. He presented the case to the Grand Jury panel and they voted not to indict Encina.
That wasn't enough for the Jones family, which wants LaHood to put the case in front of a new grand jury but LaHood says that's only possible on one condition.
"If new evidence is brought to our attention that we feel is critical that can be proven to support a violation under the penal code then absolutely we will present the old evidence that we had coupled with the new evidence that wasn't presented to this previous grand jury," LaHood said.
The family attorney also wants a special prosecutor assigned to the case. He claims not every witness was used and evidence was left out.
The family has also filed a civil suit in the case.
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