Verdict is in: man found guilty in Hagerstown murder


Jack Phillips Jr. was found guilty of stabbing Suzanne “Star” Jones, on the fourth day of trial for the murder of the Hagerstown woman.

The jury found Phillips guilty on seven  charges including, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

Loved ones of Suzanne say that they’re getting the justice she would want.

“Happy … so wonderful … he’s finally getting what’s right,” said mother of Jones, Jolene Guessford.

The court says, 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 stole her purse, which is believed to have a value of under $100 and ran away. 

Deputy State’s Attorney, Joseph Michael credits surveillance video being a key component in his argument.

“The challenges were all about electronic evidence … surveillance evidence,” said Michael. “It was an unusual trial, but I think we’re going to have a lot more like it.”

The sentencing date has not yet been set up for Phillips.

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