Videos, phone data show murder defendant's path to Chicago after fatal Bloomington shooting (2024)

BLOOMINGTON — Surveillance video and cellphone data revealed the Bloomington man accused of killing another in January 2022 had a firearm and fled after the fatal shooting, evidence showed Friday.

The state and defense were expected to rest Friday afternoon in the murder trial for Jaylin Bones. Closing arguments will commence Monday.

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Bones, 24, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a firearm in the death of Timothy Manns, 29, of Bloomington, who was found Jan. 24, 2022, in an apartment in the 600 block of West Jefferson Street in Bloomington.

Tracking Bones' movements

Bloomington police officers testified throughout the week regarding evidence related to Bones leaving Bloomington-Normal after the fatal shooting, including surveillance footage showing his vehicle's travels.

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Officers said they reviewed videos taken from nearby businesses that showed a white vehicle, that appeared to be similar to the white Honda Bones was believed to be driving, in the area before and after the shooting. These videos were admitted as evidence and shown to the jury in court.

Bones' attorney Bryan McIntyre indicated the videos did not clearly show a white Honda, "but we can agree it is clearly a white car," he said.

The videos showed, around 6:40 p.m., the vehicle traveling eastbound on Jefferson Street heading towards the apartment where Manns was found. Around 6:59 p.m., the videos showed two men running with an object, coming from the direction of the apartment, police testified.

Approximately 13 minutes later, the white vehicle pulled away from the apartment, headed west down Jefferson Street and back towards the southside of town, where Bones' apartment was located, police said. Officers testified this was the same white vehicle that was seen about 30 minutes earlier.

Detective Ty Klein, lead investigator for this case, said whileextracting evidence from Bones' cellphone,he found that cell towers showed Bones' location from his apartment at 7:45 p.m. and then moving north, towards Chicago, the night of the Manns' death.

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Phone call and text logs

Bones' cellphone data also showed multiple phone calls between Bones and Rashad Hill, one of the witnesses who was at the apartment that night, police said.

During cross examination, McIntyre asked Klein about the text messages, which were referenced earlier in the trial, suggesting Hill and Branden Swan could be alternate suspects. Swan was one of the witnesses who testified Wednesday about being at the apartment and running out when he saw Manns struggling with a masked man over a gun.

According to texts shown in court, Hill messaged Swan at 6:56 p.m., saying "Mo, he a stain he got 1300 on him and a pole, you can take it," and another text at 7:05 p.m. saying, "Mo ask him to see his pole."

Klein told the court these messages had remained unopened, but Swan had been sending messages through the Snapchat app during the same time frame when the texts went unseen, according to the data extracted from the cellphone.

McIntyre asked if it was possible Swan saw these messages without opening them. Klein said this is possible, depending on Swan's settings on his phone, but police did not know if Swan's settings allowed for part of the text to be revealed without opening it.

Klein also testified police found videos during the extraction that had been deleted on Jan. 29, 2024, which showed Bones holding a firearm and magazines for that firearm. The videos were shown to the jury, and Klein identified Bones to the courtroom.

Special agent Frank Cecchinelli, a court certified expert from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, testified Friday regarding the analysis of still images taken from these videos. He said the firearm in the videos appeared to be a Smith & Wesson.

"You wouldn't actually be able to make out a serial number," McIntyre said, questioning whether the expert could confirm the make of the firearm from the images.

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Firearm confirmation

Dustin Johnson from the Illinois State Police Forensic Science Lab in Morton testified on Friday that ISP scientists confirmed a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson automatic pistol could have been the murder weapon based on analysis of a bullet recovered from the scene

"It could not have come out of a 9 mm firearm," Johnson said, answering Assistant State's Attorney Mary Lawson's question about whether Manns' firearm fired the shots.

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Looking at the evidence in relation to the wounds, Johnson said all the bullets were fired by the same gun.

The defense asked Johnson was 100% sure they were fired from a Smith & Wesson gun. Based on class characteristics, Johnson said this was the most likely explanation, but he could not be 100% certain.

The trial will wrap up with closing arguments on Monday.

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