A grand jury in Hamilton County indicted three people in the May shooting death of Frank Carl Jones III of Jasper. Third Judicial Circuit Assistant State Attorney John Durrett is prosecuting the case against Daphedron Lamar Allen, 34, Jasper on a first degree murder charge, along with two other people who were also indicted as accessories after the fact.

According to Durrett, the Hamilton County grand jury convened on Friday, July 25, to consider the case of Daphedron Allen and the death of Frank Carl Jones, III, stemming from an incident on May 18, 2014, in Jasper.

“After hearing testimony from numerous witnesses and being instructed upon all applicable law, the grand jury returned an indictment charging Daphedron Allen with the first degree murder of Frank Carl Jones, III,” said Durrett. “Additionally, Allen was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon upon David Washington, and shooting into an occupied vehicle with said vehicle occupied by Louis Ash and Conrad Williams.”

Durrett said the grand jury further found probable cause and filed formal charges against two other individuals; Sipp Pierce, a friend of Allen, and Sierra Gandy, the girlfriend of Allen. 

“Both Pierce and Gandy were charged with the criminal offenses of accessory after the fact to the crimes of first degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and shooting into an occupied vehicle for the assistance they provided to Allen in his attempts to evade apprehension by law enforcement.”

An incident report at the time of the murder stated Jones was shot by Allen around noon on Sunday, May 18, while sitting on the front porch of his residence at 106 8th Ave. in Jasper. According to Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid, Allen had been involved in an altercation earlier on Saturday, May 17, and shortly after midnight he arrived at Jones’s residence. Witnesses at the scene said there were people talking outside the residence when gunfire erupted from the bushes across the street. HCSO and Jasper Police Department were dispatched to the scene.

When the gunfire erupted, Jones took a fatal bullet and died at the scene. Two other men, David Washington and Louis Ash were also injured. Washington was shot in the calf and Ash was nicked by a bullet. They were both attended to by EMS and released.

Meanwhile, Allen had fled the scene. Based on information received during the investigation by HCSO, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, a warrant was issued for Allen’s arrest for the offense of second degree murder.

It was learned that Allen was reportedly dropped off at a Lake Park motel. When authorities arrived, they arrested him without incident and booked him into the Lowndes County Jail on charges of second degree murder (Fla.) and fugitive from justice (Ga.) on $500,000 bond. He appeared the following morning in Magistrate Court for an arraignment hearing and waived his right to extradition. He was later transported to the Hamilton County Jail.

The investigation continued and authorities said additional arrests were possible. A reward of up to $3,000 was offered for information that could help authorities locate the weapon used in the shooting. The murder weapon has still not been found, according to Sheriff Reid.

On July 25, Sipp Derrell Pierce, 35, 1564 NW Bascom Norris Drive, Lake City, was arrested by HCSO on charges of accessory after the fact for second degree murder, aggravated battery and shooting into an occupied vehicle and was being held on a $2 million bond per Circuit Judge Andrew Decker III.

A third person, Sierra Gandy, was also indicted as an accessory after the fact, however, her arrest has been delayed because she just recently gave birth to twins, according to Sheriff Reid.

By the time the case came before the grand jury, the charges against Allen were amended by capias to first degree murder, and charges against Pierce and Gandy were upped to accessory after the fact first degree murder.

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