Enterprise murder suspect gets reduced bond; family reacts to judge’s decision


Thurston and Carlisha Allen saw their son’s alleged killer face-to-face in court on December 12, 2016 for the first time.

“He looked at me smiling and laughing. How can you look at somebody’s mother that you have taken their child and smile and laugh like you have done nothing wrong,” said Carlisha.

Thomanta Jones is accused of shooting their son Yavari Allen back in April at the Boulevard Apartments in Enterprise.

Judge Chris Kaminski agreed to reduce Jones’s bond from $350,000.00 $75,000.00.

“[I’m] not pleased. I’m very upset, because he’s a menace. He’s just a menace to society, and I feel like the bond was too low, and he’s going to be out before the end of the day,” Carlisha said.

“I just can’t believe it. You know, you have somebody that’s got caught with drugs and fire arms and other cases, and you’re letting him out on the street,” said Thurston.

The defense attorney told Kaminski there was no confession and a gun was never found. The prosecution said there was no preliminary hearing confirming those findings.

“Judge Kaminski had not heard any of the facts that we believe to be evidence against Mr. Jones in assisting us in being able to prove his guilt, so the comments that Mr. Harrison made were a bit premature in that respect. The investigation is ongoing,” said Assistant District Attorney Josh Wilson.

Kaminski said he is not allowed to comment on the case.

“All I can do is ask God to put some kindness in my heart, because right now, the Bible says you can’t get into heaven with hate in your heart. I’m going to hell if I die today,” said Carlisha.

They’re hoping for a different outcome at the end of the trial.

“There’s still a God. It ain’t over. It’s a long way from being over,” she said.

Jones was still in custody at the Coffee County Jail later in the evening. If he is released on bond, the judge has required him to meet an 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, with the exception of traveling to a job. He is also prohibited from making any contact with the Allen family.

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