Man charged with killing Good Samaritan: 'I did it'




Posted on October 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 25 at 6:25 PM

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DALLAS -- The 19-year-old charged in the shooting death of a Good Samaritan who broke up a robbery outside a North Dallas bar said from jail Thursday that he deserves to be executed for his crime. 

"What I did was wrong, I killed that man. I think I should get nothing less than the death penalty," said Justin Jones from prison.

Jones, 19, admitted to killing Donald Morrow outside Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill last week. Tierra Winters, 17, confessed to being the getaway driver. Dallas police cleared the way Thursday for the media to publish photos of the two after charges were filed. 

Both are in custody at the Lew Sterett Justice Center, which is where Jones admitted to News 8 that he killed Morrow and that he's ready to face the death penalty.

"I'm in here for capital murder," Jones said. "They know I did it. Everybody knows I did it. I did it."

"Yeah, so why would I still sit here and lie?" Jones said when asked if he was admitting the killing.

Jones said he recalls little of that night of robberies while high on PCP last week, which ended when police say he tried to rob a man in the bar's parking lot and Morrow intervened.

"I don't even remember his face, what happened to him," he said. "I don't ever remember walking up to him, waving a gun at him -- all I remember is just a gunshot."

Memories are all that Morrow's mother and his family have of him now. Morrow's mother, Margie, said in response to Jones' jailhouse comments that she believes an-eye-for-an-eye.

“I do believe there comes a time and a place when what you do -- you suffer the literal consequences for it," she told the Dallas Morning News, "And in my heart right now, unless God changes it, that’s how I feel.”

Jones told News 8 he understands the pain he's caused.

"And I went out and did what I did, and I'm sorry for that, but I'm not asking to accept my apology. You know what I'm saying?" Jones said. "But all I can do is pray for him, pray for his family and just hope the best for the situation."

The worst for Jones would be if the district attorney pursues the death penalty. Jones indicated he's ready for that possibility.

"Yes, I am okay with that, sir, because what I did was wrong, sir," Jones said.

The teen doesn't have an attorney yet, but certainly will get one who'll have a an uphill fight in court. Jones and Winters are both held on $1 million bail and charged with capital murder.

Winters declined an interview request.