Philly judge lowers charges, sets bail for cop accused of killing man on dirt bike

Kristen Johanson
October 11, 2018 - 11:43 am
Philadelphia police shooting victim David Jones

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In a quick hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia on Thursday morning, city judge Robert Coleman lowered the criminal homicide charge against former Philly cop Ryan Pownall to third-degree murder, allowing the 36-year-old’s defense attorney to ask for bail, which Coleman granted. 

Fred Perri, who represents Pownall, said, "We look forward to have an opportunity to present this case to a fair-minded jury. When we do that, when we have that opportunity, a jury will find that Ryan Pownall was justified in his actions and he’ll be found not guilty." 

The District Attorney charged Pownall after a grand jury investigation into the death of 30-year-old David Jones. 

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Prosecutors say Jones died after Pownall shot him during a 2017 traffic stop.  

Jones' godmother, Donna Clement-Jackson, said, "We don’t care what the charges are, as long as there’s a charge, because no charge is going to bring David back. But as long as we are taking this trial, that’s all we need."

"It doesn't’t matter what levels the law states he has to be judged by. God will be the final judge," she added.

"We're obviously extremely satisfied with the courts decision in that regard," said Pownall's attorney Fred Perri. "It gives Ryan the opportunity to have bail set, so that he can be home with his family where he belongs."

Perri said he's confident a jury will find Pownall not guilty. 

The judge set bail for 10 percent of $500,000. Pownall could be out of prison later Thursday.