Court documents shed light on retaliation fears of potential witnesses in Cummings trial

Constance Marie Jones

Some of the potential witnesses in the capital murder trial of Ricky Cummings have moved more than once to escape repeated and ongoing threats related to the case, according to legal documents about the charges against 24-year-old Constance Marie Jones.

Jones was arrested Monday as she left the 19th State District courtroom, where she had been attending Cummings’ trial, and was charged with a second count of retaliation against witnesses in the trial. She was described in recent documents as a family friend of Cummings.

She remains in the McLennan County Jail today, with a $5,000 bond set on the most recent charge, and held for insufficient bond on a retaliation charge from April 2011.

A warrant was issued for Jones’ arrest after victims reported to police that she had confronted several individuals at Richland Mall on Oct. 7 and threatened them.

It was part on an ongoing pattern of behavior, according to court documents.

The witnesses “have been targets of retaliatory acts for the past year and a half, since the capital murder occurred,” state the records.

“There is information that has been obtained that those family members and friends of Ricky Cummings are actively searching for (witnesses) to harm them before the upcoming trial,” according to the documents.

An offense report cited by the detective requesting the warrant indicated that the potential witnesses told a Waco police officer that Jones tried to fight them at the mall, and that she “was making threats towards them and told them to meet her at an address so she could finish this.”

In an interview with the Tribune-Herald last year, Jones denied allegations that she had threatened anyone.

Tyrece Edward Richards, Cummings' brother, is also wanted on a retaliation charge. Police say a potential witness in the case reported that Richards displayed a gun in a threatening manner while at a North Waco apartment May 27.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers at 753-HELP.


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