Jones shot and killed his girlfriend, Cortessa Chambers (age 25), and threatened Chamber’s mother and held her children hostage during an altercation at their home in South Memphis in April 2011.
On July 12, 2013, Jones was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Cortessa Chambers.
Assistant district attorney Jeff Jones of District Attorney General Weirich’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVPU) and assistant district attorney Marques Young prosecuted the case.
The D.A.'s DVU utilizes a vertical prosecution approach in felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. In addition to holding offenders of intimate partner abuse accountable, the DVU works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide domestic violence victims and their families access to a full range of services and assistance.
Judge Lee Coffee presided in Criminal Court Division VII.