Fleming Sentenced to 35 years, Peoples to One Year, for the Shooting Death of Michael Jones

Before delivering their sentences, Judge Robert Morin said that on the night of Michael Jones’ tragic death, evidence showed that Bernard Fleming “participated in a dangerous act,” while Joseph Peoples’ “most serious” crime was tampering with evidence. In July, Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder, along with six related charges, in connection with Jones’ death. … Read more →

Jurors Convict Bernard Fleming, Acquit Joseph Peoples on Murder Charge

After more than two days of deliberations, jurors found Bernard Fleming guilty of second-degree murder and Joseph Peoples innocent of the same charge in the shooting death of Michael Jones. Jones was found shot on July 7, 2012, at approximately 10:38 pm in the 1700 block of 7th Street Northwest. At trial, Deputy Medical Examiner … Read more →

Jury Begins Deliberations in Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples case

During a six-day trial, prosecutors argued that Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples killed Michael Jones in an “ambush” that also wounded Jones’ brother Maurice. But defense attorneys say there was no an ambush, and Fleming’s attorney argued that there was no evidence to show a gun in Fleming’s hand. Now it’s up to jurors to … Read more →

Prosecutors Not Seeking First-Degree Murder Charges Against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples

One day before jury deliberations are expected to begin, prosecutors dropped first-degree murder charges against Bernard Fleming and Joseph Peoples. Instead, the two men will be charged with the lesser offense of second-degree murder while armed, as well as tampering with physical evidence and eight related weapons charges. Peoples and Fleming are charged in connection … Read more →

Bernard Fleming Ordered Held in Shooting Death of Michael Jones

Bernard Fleming pleaded innocent Tuesday to a 12-count indictment charging him with the 2012 shooting death of 30-year-old Michael Edward Jones. Fleming, 23, is the third suspect arrested in connection with Jones’ death. He remains held pending a Friday hearing scheduled for the case. Police found Jones on July 7, 2012 around 10:40 p.m. in … Read more →

New Indictment Charges Joseph Peoples and Bernard Fleming With Michael Jones Murder

Joseph Peoples pleaded innocent Friday to charges from a 12-count indictment charging him and a co-defendant, Bernard Fleming, with the 2012 shooting death of 30-year-old Michael Edward Jones. This indictment is the second delivered by a grand jury in the case. Peoples, 21, was initially indicted last April as the sole suspect in Jones’ murder. … Read more →

Bernard Fleming

Convicted by jury in the July 7, 2012, death of Michael Edward Jones.