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Day 2 in Tavares Jones Murder Trial
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) The trial continued Tuesday for Tavaras Jones, one of four men accused of breaking into a Theodore home and killing a nephew and father of a Mobile police officer.
Glenn Sullivan Jr., 13, and his grandfather, Willie Sullivan, died that night.
Monday, through tears, 19-year-old Hermanski Sullivan testified of her 15 minutes of terror, as she heard the murders of her brother and grandfather in the next room.
She lay frozen in fear under blankets as one of the intruders made his way into the room where she had been sleeping.
"He was wearing something white," she said.
Tuesday, jurors learned what that was, and who was wearing it.
It was a mask... a hockey mask like the one worn by the murderous character, Jason, in the horror movie Friday the 13th.
The man behind that mask took that stand today to testify against Tavaras Jones.
That masked man is also one of those four men, Timothy Tayor.
Jones' attorney was ready to pounce.
Attorney Jason Darley referred in court to Taylor as a snitch. "Well, that's what he is," he said.
Tayor said, yes, he took part in the plot to break in to the house that night and that Jones promised him and two others that there would be a stash of drugs and money, two things police say were not in the house that night.
Then came details about gathering up weapons, duct tape, and the break-in itself. "In and out," testified Taylor, "There wasn't supposed to be no trouble."
Taylor said Jones lead the way, but failed to kick the door of the Sullivan house trailer open. Another man, Bryant Reynolds, finally accomplished the task, he claimed.
He said Jones began to fire his semi-automatic weapon in the house, and that someone started shooting back.
He said that's when, wearing the mask, he went into a bedroom and escaped through a bathroom window.
Jones's attorney scoffed at the testimony.
"They used him to try to connect Tavaras to the scene, and he's facing some of the same charges and similar penalties," retorted Darley, "And, obviously, they want the perception to be he's coming in here of his own free will, without anything to gain. But I think he admitted up there that he is hoping he'll be rewarded for what he came for."
But even without Taylor's testimony, prosecutors boast plenty of evidence, indicating Jones and Reynolds were both wounded when Hermanski Sullivan's grandfather returned fire.
They also point to evidence of a blood trail they say was left by both men as they fled, leaving behind the bodies of Willie Sullivan and his 13-year-old grandson, Glenn Jr.
Family members wept and some had to leave the courtoom for a second day when graphic crime scene photos were shown to the jury.