HAGERSTOWN - A man whose first-degree felony murder conviction was reversed by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in April filed a petition requesting that he be transported for a bond hearing in Washington County Circuit Court, alleging that he is being held illegally at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md.
Tyshawn Jones, 26, was convicted of murder in the March 14, 2004, shooting death of Jonathan M. Dennis of Waynesboro, Pa., who was struck by a single bullet after an armed robbery outside an apartment at Washington Gardens Apartments in Hagerstown.
Because the robbery was an act separate from the shooting, that robbery does not support a conviction for first-degree felony murder, according to the court's decision. Felony murder is a murder committed during the commission of a felony, such as robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals not only reversed Jones' first-degree felony conviction, it also remanded his case back to Washington County Circuit Court for a new trial on the other charges based on a technicality involving a part of the trial known as hearkening.