Rockaway resident arraigned on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a homicide inside of 333 Beach 32 Street early on Sunday morning. This photo was shot by onrockaway.com in January of 2016, when a woman was shot and killed in the same building.
The Rockaway man who murdered his common-law wife and injured her mother in a vicious knife attack in Edgemere on Sunday morning was arraigned on Monday in Queens Criminal Court on charges ranging from second degree murder to criminal possession of a weapon.
On Monday afternoon, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 51-year-old Jonnie Jones, 42, of Beach 32 Street was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon.
The defendant was held without bail and ordered to return to court on March 16.
District Attorney Brown said that, according to the charges, in the early morning hours of February 26, the defendant stabbed the victim, Monet Franklin, 51, with a knife, multiple times about the body which resulted in wounds to her left lung, heart, liver and right kidney thereby causing her death.
The defendant also allegedly stabbed the victim’s mother, Maria Franklin, 74, in the left hand causing severe lacerations. Police say that the elder Franklin was injured while attempting to protect her daughter from Jones’ deadly assault.
Jones was found by responding police outside the building, nearby the Beach 35 Street A-Train Station with bleeding cuts to his hand and an injured eye, police sources say.
If convicted, the defendant faces up to 25 years to life in prison.