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Acquitted barbershop defendant released on bail

Larry Dean Jones Jr., the defendant in the barbershop murder trial who was found innocent of all charges, has bailed out of the downtown jail.

Jones still has a four-count case pending against him for possession of cocaine for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an assault weapon.

The charges are unrelated to the Dec. 14, 2010, shootout at the Fly Cuts & Styles barbershop on Stockton Boulevard in which Monique Roxanne Nelson, 30, was killed while protecting her 2-year-old son from flying bullets.

Jones’ bail had been listed at $175,000 on the gun and drug charges. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Kevin J. McCormick reduced it to $50,000 on a motion from Jones’ attorney, Mike Wise. Jones, 32, was released from the downtown jail late Wednesday night, according to sheriff’s records. He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19 for further proceedings on the pending case.

Two other defendants, Lonnie Orlando Mitchell Jr., 27, and his brother, Louis James Mitchell, 22, were convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Nelson outside the barbershop. Defendant James Leo Carney III, 35 was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

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