New details in a month-long search for a murder suspect. During that time, his mother pleaded with him to turn himself in for an apparent revenge killing.
It starts from day one, trying to protect your children. Later, we don't want them to get hurt on the playground. In the teenage and driving years we have to let them be more independent, yet still keep them safe. As young adults the mindset doesn't change, but you have less control.
The mother of Ramone Jefferson made the plea a month ago. “Come here, ‘fess up what you done and come home because you're going to get momma's house shot up and there will be a price to pay,” said Jefferson’s mother, Bernessa Stockdale.
Friends and neighbors urged him as well. “Wherever you are man, turn yourself in,” said Jefferson’s uncle, Bobby Releford. “You have kids to worry about."
They were worried about possible retaliation. James Edwards was shot and killed near 26th Avenue and Sprague on April 1st.
Stockdale suspected her son was responsible. His actions were believed to be payback for when three men attacked his brother with a knife outside of a nightclub. "They cut my son's face from here to here," said Stockdale.
They shared the story and pleas for Ramone to give up running, even though there's the possibility of a life sentence for him. “We have a lot of kids around here and we don't need no retaliation,” said Releford. “The homes are too close. I could get a bullet for no reason. Just turn yourself in and get it over with so we don't have to suffer."
The 29-year-old Jefferson wasn't listening and stayed on the run until Thursday night when he was taken into custody on murder charges. More than two weeks ago, the Fugitive Task Force tracked down 24-year-old Apollo Cobb and arrested him as an accessory for the Edwards’ murder.
The neighborhood is worried about the big picture and the fallout from the murder. “To the other family who has lost somebody, we apologize to them as well,” said family friend Zachary Ruby. “We want the violence to stop."
Jefferson remains in jail on a $2 million bond.