Chandler Quentin Saxton and John S. Jones were involved in an intimate relationship with the same person some time before Saxton is accused of shooting Jones repeatedly at a Big Cat gas station pump on July 31st, detectives testified during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
Saxton, 35, faced murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges during the hearing. Det. Murray Gunderson moved the aggravated assault charge be dropped because of the murder charge.
Jones, 31, was rushed into surgery at the Midtown Medical Center for three gunshot wounds to his upper torso after Saxton allegedly opened fire on him at the 2997 Buena Vista Road gas station around 7:38 p.m., Gunderson said. Police later discovered Saxton's identity from a combination of media releases, surveillance photos and testimonies from area residents.
According to surveillance footage, Saxton approached Jones calmly while he was attempting to put gas in a gas can. The two talked for about 20 seconds before Saxton produced a .40 caliber weapon and fired several times. Saxton was five to seven feet from Jones when he fired, Gunderson said.
As Saxton fled, Jones pulled out a .40 caliber weapon of his own and attempted to shoot back, police say.
Witnesses told police they recognized Saxton by the street name "Twin." Detectives also found 17 .40 caliber shells in the gas station parking lot, according to testimony.
Detectives initially released an aggravated assault warrant for Saxton. But when Jones died of his injuries in the Midtown Medical Center Saturday afternoon, the charge was upgraded to murder, Gunderson said.
Saxton surrendered to police the day after. He admitted to being at the gas station, but refused to disclose details of the shooting to police, according to testimony.
When asked about his relationship to Jones, Saxton told officers that both men had been in an intimate relationship with the same person at different times. About a year ago, Saxton heard that Jones had threatened him, according to court testimony.
The identity of the person both Saxton and Jones were involved with was not disclosed during the hearing.
Judge Michael Joyner set no bond on Saxton's murder charge. A $10,000 bond was set for his remaining charges. His case will be forwarded to the Muscogee County Superior Court.
In 2003, Saxton was convicted of robbery in Russell County. Gunderson said he was also convicted of an undisclosed charge in 2009.