New Revelations Made in the Death of Rapper PnB Rock

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The pieces are starting to come together in the PnB Rock murder investigation.

In September 2022, nearly two weeks after his death, a family of three were arrested as the main suspects in the murder. Freddie Lee Trone and his teenage son were both charged with one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, and two counts of second-degree robbery. Freddie Lee’s wife and the stepmom of the teenage boy, Shauntel Trone, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

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Similar to Jones, Evans was also arrested in May, but she was charged with one count of accessory after the fact. She’s accused of driving Freddie Lee Trone to Las Vegas after the incident to get away from local authorities.

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In a motion to dismiss charges, Jones’ defense lawyer quoted from a probable cause hearing held last August in which a detective testified that Jones and PnB Rock “exchanged a fist bump” when the rapper first entered the restaurant with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang. The motion says the detective told the court that Jones met up with Freddie Trone outside the restaurant a short time later, before the shooting, and appeared to hand over an object that he retrieved from his sedan and “covered with a towel.” Jones also dialed Trone’s phone number around the time of the slaying, the detective testified, according to the motion.

Previously, local authorities and people on social media initially blamed Rock’s girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, for giving away their location by posting it on her Instagram story at the time.

But further investigations revealed that a mystery man saw the couple enter the Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in South Los Angeles, Calif. On Sept. 12., and told Freddie Lee Trone about it. Prosecutors believe that the mystery man was Jones.

According to Rolling Stone, Jones’ attorney is denying that claim in a motion to dismiss.

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