Day three of trial for the murder of a Hagerstown woman


The third day of trial for a man accused of first-degree murder of a Hagerstown woman continued on Thursday.

In court, officials from the Hagerstown Police Department testified and surveillance video was shown.

Allegedly, on October 17, 2017, Jack Phillips Jr. of no fixed address stabbed Suzanne “Star” Jones 16 times at 382 South Cleveland Avenue near Municipal Stadium. He then steals her purse, which is believed to have a value of under $100 and runs away. 

Shortly thereafter, at approximately 7:02PM, Hagerstown Police were called to the location for a report of a female being assaulted. When officers arrived, they discovered Jones had been stabbed numerous times in the neck and chest. She was transported to Meritus Medical Center where she died from multiple stab wounds.  

According to court documents, Detective Duffey obtained surveillance video from 382 South Cleveland Avenue where it shows the victim being followed. The footage further shows the victim handing the suspect an unidentified object and then walking away, around the corner of the apartment and starts to open the door to the building.

At that point, the suspect rushes to the victim and strikes her in the head, at which time the victim falls to the ground and is struck and stabbed multiple times “until she goes lifeless.” 

Detectives of the Hagerstown Police Department eventually located Phillips at the Days Inn on Dual Highway with his girlfriend, Heather Schnebly. She tells police that Phillips told her several times, “I killed her. I stabbed her.” When she said she would call the police, Phillips said, “you are going to be next.” 

Jones’ Great Aunt, Colleen Henson, was in court and spoke to us about what she remembers on the night of October 17.

“That night that all that came down, I was coming off the street and they had it blocked off at Mr. Tire. I had to turn around. The cops said it was pretty gruesome,” said Henson. “I went home. I never gave any thought it was her. The next day, I found out it was my niece Suzanne. I miss her. I really do.” 

Phillips is charged with first-degree murder, first degree assault and armed robbery among a list of other charges. 

The trial is expected to go on until Friday at the circuit court of Washington County.

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