After a nine-day trial and nine hours of deliberations, in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, before the Honorable Judge David Lease, a jury has found defendant Gregory Jones, 28, of Martinsburg, WV, guilty of first-degree murder for the deaths of Ashley Dickinson and Joshua Frazier in Burtonsville, MD. He faces two potential life sentences plus an additional 40 years. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25, 2022.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Marybeth Ayers and James Dietrich prosecuted this case.
The conviction came down late Friday afternoon in this execution-style double murder.
Breakdown of the guilty counts:
-1st degree murder of Frazier
-1st degree murder of Dickinson
-Firearm use in the commission of a felony on Frazier
-Firearm use in the commission of a felony on Dickinson
On February 15, 2018, the bodies of Joshua Frazier and Ashley Dickinson, both Virginia residents, were discovered in Ms. Dickinson’s running 2013 Audi SUV at a home on Aldora Circle in the Briggs Chaney
area of Burtonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland. Both had been shot once in the back of the head from the back seat of the vehicle. Police located two 9mm shell casings in the car, as well as a projectile on a sidewalk near the vehicle.
Witness interviews and phone records revealed that Mr. Frazier had arranged to meet Gregory Jones, the Defendant, in the area around the time the murders occurred. Specifically, a series of text messages, beginning at approximately 1:10 PM, between Mr. Frazier and the Defendant indicate that the Defendant owed money to Mr. Frazier and wanted to pay him back. Mr. Frazier indicates that he wanted to send someone to the Defendant to pick up the money but the Defendant insisted on delivering it himself several times throughout the text conversation. At 1:17 PM, the Defendant texts Mr. Frazier an address to meet on Robey Terrace in Burtonsville, approximately ½ mile from Aldora Circle where the Audi was found.
Phone records show Mr. Frazier’s phone connecting to cell phone towers in southern Virginia and moving north into Maryland. Phone records show the Defendant’s phone connecting to cell phone towers in Martinsburg,
WV, and moving toward Gaithersburg. Phone records also show Tyshon Jones’s phone connecting to towers in Charlestown, WV, and moving toward Gaithersburg, connecting to the same towers as the Defendant’s phone.
Tyshon Jones is Gregory Jones’s cousin.
At 4:25 PM on February 15, 2018, Officer Pagonis of the Montgomery County Police Department was clearing a call on Robey Terrace when he saw a white Audi driven by a white female with a black male passenger. The race, gender, location and description of the car matched that of Mr. Frazier and Ms. Dickinson as they were found in the Audi later. At 4:30 PM, a witness saw the Audi pull into Aldora Circle.
At 4:56 PM, the Defendant’s phone connected to a cell tower near Aldora Circle. At 5:02 PM, Tyshon Jones’s phone connected to that same tower. Those phones also connected to the same tower __at 5:12 PM__
and 5:15 PM, respectively.
Phone records show that calls to Mr. Frazier’s phone go unanswered beginning at 5:15 PM.
A search of Tyshon Jones’s phone, seized on February 17, 2018, revealed internet searches for “Burtonsville” the day after the murders.
On March 5, 2018, Montgomery County police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Streamside Dr., in Gaithersburg. The defendant was located inside the residence. Also located inside the residence was a phone that forensic analysis showed was in use on February 15, 2018, belonged to the Defendant and contained the text messages between the Defendant and Mr. Frazier referenced earlier.
A search of the Defendant’s phone also revealed searches for Briggs Chaney, Fox News and Fox News Silver Spring on the day after the murders. Later that day, the Defendant canceled the number associated with this phone. Also, all references to Mr. Frazier’s phone, to include text messages and contact information were found to be deleted in the Defendant’s phone.
On March 6, 2018, law enforcement officers conducted a search warrant at a residence on Sanford Drive in West Virginia, the residence of Tyshon Jones, his sisters and his mother. Police also found a piece of paper with Joshua Frazier’s name written on it. Investigators found in a bedroom the Defendant’s social security card, birth certificate and an unspent 9mm cartridge.
Investigators sent the spent 9mm shell casings found in the Audi and the unspent 9mm cartridge found at the Sanford Drive address to Alliance Forensics Laboratory in Fort Worth, Texas, for comparison. A forensic firearm and toolmark examiner conducted a comparison of marks on the unspent cartridge. He opined that the marks
on the unspent cartridge were left when it was moved to the chamber of a semi-automatic gun and then ejected from that chamber without being fired. He found that those same ejector marks were found on the shell casings, which were automatically ejected from the chamber after having been fired. In a comparison of those marks, Mr. Ernest found that they were left by the same gun as the markings left are unique to each gun.
“Our hearts go out to the families of Joshua Frazier and Ashley Dickinson. This should send a clear message that such senseless violence has no place in our community. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Marybeth Ayers and Jim Dietrich for their outstanding work in this matter. We look forward to sentencing as this defendant is facing two life sentences plus additional time. These families deserve justice, and we need to ensure the safety of the community,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.
Ashley Dickinson and Joshua Frazier pictured below: