WOODBURY NJ--Asa T. Jones (DOB 4/24/81), of Williamstown, was convicted Thursday (2/23)
of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Williamstown resident Tony Miles during a fight on Library Street in Williamstown on 11/17/13.
Jones also was found guilty by a Gloucester County jury of third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
After the jury decision was returned, Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker revoked Jones’ bail pending sentencing on 4/21/17.
In a case presented by Trial Chief Dianna Reed-Rolando of the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, witnesses who saw or heard the fight testified, video from security surveillance cameras was presented and the jury heard testimony that DNA found on a knife recovered from Jones’ apartment matched that of Miles.
Miles sustained three stab wounds, Gloucester County’s medical examiner testified, and the fatal wound severed major blood vessels in his leg.
That Jones went to his apartment after a fist fight with Miles and returned after a few minutes with a deadly weapon- a kitchen knife- showed his purpose was murder rather than passion-provoked manslaughter, Reed-Rolando told the jury in a closing argument. Jones had sufficient time to cool off before returning to the street, but didn’t, she said.