The State charged Jones with sexual assault, three counts of child abuse, and the murder of Rachel Gray, age 4. In April 1994, Rachel's mother and her three children were living with Jones. On the afternoon of May 1, 1994, while she was asleep, Jones took Rachel out of the house in his van, and was later seen hitting her with his hand and elbow. When the mother awoke, she discovered that Rachel's head was cut and she was bleeding. Jones said that Rachel cut her head when some neighbor children pushed her down. Rachel continued to bleed and throw up during the night, but Jones would not let Angela take her to the hospital. By the time Rachel was taken to the hospital, she was dead as the result of a ruptured intestine. The jurors found Jones guilty of all five counts. In addition to the sentence of death for the murder, the trial court sentenced Jones to concurrent sentences totaling 35 years for the first three counts, and a consecutive sentence of life with no parole eligibility for 35 years for the fourth count.
Presiding Judge: James C. Carruth
Prosecutor: Kathleen Mayer
Start of Trial: April 5, 1995
Verdict: April 14, 1995
Sentencing: July 6, 1995
Victim under 15 years of age
Defendant's family background
State v, Jones, 188 Ariz. 388, 937 P.2d 310 (1997).
November 01, 2001
A Warrant of Execution has been issued by the Arizona Supreme Court for the execution of Barry Lee JONES ADC#114690 on December 12, 2001. Inmate Jones has not exhausted his appeals process
November 08, 2001
A Stay has been issued in the scheduled December 12 Execution of Barry Lee JONES ADC#114690.
Inmate Jones has not exhausted his appeals process