Defense argues unsuccessfully for drug treatment in lieu of jail in Eric Jones case


A motion made by the attorney for a man charged with fatally stabbing a 19-year-old last October to receive drug treatment in lieu of a jail sentence was swiftly denied by a judge Thursday.

Cimerron Kennedy, 24, is charged with second-degree murder for alleged stabbing 19-year-old Eric Jones in Layla Lounge.

In arguing for the drug treatment, Kennedy’s lawyer said a main factor of the stabbing was PCP in Kennedy’s system the night of the stabbing. She said Kennedy has been detoxing in prison for the last three months and argued that drug therapy should be the next step.

Judge Florence Pan denied the request, and said that due to the severity of the incident, there is “no condition or combination of conditions that will ensure the safety of the community.”

A prosecutor told the judge that the full investigation of the case should be completed after a couple more months, and that an indictment will be ready by the next conference.

The next felony status conference has been scheduled for June 10 at 10 a.m.

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