Monday, 29 April 2019 16:24

Frayser Man Pleads Guilty in Roommate’s Death

April 30, 2019 – A Frayser man pled guilty Monday to the 2017 stabbing death of his roommate, a crime that he told accomplices he did “to gain my rank,” said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Defendant Mathew E. Jones, 31, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison without parole in a settlement approved by Criminal Court Judge John Campbell. Three accomplices have cases still pending.
An investigation showed that Jones was involved in a plan to rob his 65-year-old roommate, Roger Brewer, in September of 2017, at his residence in the 1500 block of Roosevelt Ave. near Frayser Park.
During the robbery, however, Jones began stabbing Brewer multiple times and, according to his accomplices, prompting the victim to say, “Matt, why are you doing this?”
One accomplice who drove a getaway car told investigators that Jones was bleeding from a cut on his hand and said to her, “I had to gain my rank.”
The other defendants include John Rork, 22, Brittany Hunt, 24, and Heather Smith-Aquino, 33, also known as Heather Nicole Smith.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Kirby May and Asst. Dist. Atty. Will Muller of the DA’s Community Prosecution Unit in Criminal Court Division 6 which handles all felony cases out of the Raleigh-Frayser area’s Old Allen Precinct.