Baltimore man shoots girlfriend, then places her — still alive — in a North Baltimore field to die, police said

Baltimore man shoots girlfriend, then places her — still alive — in a North Baltimore field to die, police said
Phillip Jackson, Baltimore Sun
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A Baltimore man with a history of domestic violence shot his girlfriend as they drove in Mid-Govans in North Baltimore last week, then dropped her in a grassy field to die, according to police charging documents.

Daya Jones, 44, confessed to the April 19 shooting, Baltimore police said, and is charged with first-degree murder. Police said they retrieved video and audio recordings from a residence in the area to piece together what happened, and talked to witnesses who knew the victim and Jones. Those witnesses, who once lived with him, identified Jones as the shooter.

Nikea Jackson, 27, was a passenger in Jones’ black Honda SUV in the 5400 block of Lothian around 4:30 a.m., police said. The recording devices picked up the voices of a man and a woman, and then a single gunshot is fired, followed by a woman’s screaming, the charging documents said.

The vehicle stopped momentarily and made a U-turn, driving slowly before stopping just outside camera range, police said.

At some point Jackson got out of the Honda and “banged on the door” of a house, asking for help and saying she had been shot. Jackson was bleeding from the side, witnesses said.

A witness then noticed Jones holding Jackson, and he carried her to a grassy field in the 700 block of Woodbourne Ave. in Mid-Govans, according to the charging documents. Jones left her in the field, still alive, before fleeing, according to the documents and a police news release.

Officers found Jackson in the field called for an ambulance. She was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital, police said.

The witnesses used to live with Jones and quickly identified him as the killer, police said. They also told officers they were aware of the relationship between Jackson and Jones, which included violence.

The Baltimore Police Warrant Task Force arrested Jones on Friday in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway in East Baltimore. He gave a full confession while interviewed by police, according to charging documents.