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Woman charged with harboring, as accessory in farm worker murder

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A Roanoke Rapids woman was charged today as an accessory after the fact and for harboring two people who allegedly murdered a farm worker in May.


Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp described Jessica Marie Jones, 33, as an acquaintance of Jovonte Boone and Shenna Riley, who were charged in the shooting death of Nestor Salazar Moctezuma.

Tripp said Moctezuma, who had been year-round farm worker in the Littleton area, was shot more than once. He was found the morning of May 20 at a mobile home off Airlie Road.

Tripp said in a statement Jones allegedly provided transportation, shelter, clothing, and food to Boone and Riley, which aided them in evading capture for the murder of Moctezuma.

He declined to say whether Jones harbored them at her residence or elsewhere. He declined to comment on how long she allegedly harbored them.

Tripp said she was arrested in Roanoke Rapids as the result of an ongoing investigation into the murder.

Jones, who Tripp described as an acquaintance of Boone and Riley, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to murder and two counts of harboring a fugitive.

Jones received a $15,000 bond, and has a July 19 court date.

“Anyone found providing assistance to wanted people to avoid apprehension in Halifax County will be subject to criminal prosecution,” Tripp said in the statement.

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