Man found guilty of killing girlfriend, unborn child

Jim Melwert
March 05, 2019 - 2:38 pm
Tristian Jones (right) is escorted out of court, March 4, 2019.

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UPDATED: 5.30 p.m. 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — It took a jury in Montgomery County about two hours to find a 36-year-old man guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for killing his mistress and their unborn child.  

Tristian Jones' attorney, Carrie Allman, said it wasn't her client who stabbed and killed 31-year-old Eboney White in her Cheltenham apartment last February. 

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Instead, she argued it was the father of White's two children — a man she said has motive, including learning she was carrying another man's baby, and that his child support payments had recently been increased.

But prosecutor Kristen Kemp said Jones' motive was even more powerful. He had already been caught having one affair, and was ostracized from his family and his religious community. 

Kemp argued Jones literally slashed her throat to keep her quiet, and, she added, he needed the unborn child gone as well.

She meticulously laid out the timeline of the days leading up the murder. 

White gave Jones an ultimatum, telling him if he didn't tell his family, she would. He lied in text messages, telling White he had told his children, and they had planned a brunch date to introduce her to his kids. 

That brunch date was supposed to take place just hours after she was killed. 

"He needed to end her before that meeting could ever take place," Kemp argued.

Kemp also pointed to a gray sweatsuit and knife Jones bought just hours before the murder. The items match a description from the victim's 12-year-old daughter, who witnessed her mother being stabbed. Those items were never found.