FAIRFIELD — New details emerged Tuesday about the killing of 13-year-old Genelle Conway-Allen and the investigation that led to the arrest of Anthony L. Jones.
Jones, 33, of Fairfield, faces murder and rape charges in a possible death penalty case. He was arrested a week after Conway-Allen’s nude body was found dumped in Allan Witt Park. His case has slogged through the court system with a date for a probable cause hearing still unscheduled.
Recently filed court records, unavailable since Jones’ most-recent court appearance last week, reveal new facets of the investigation:
High-definition video surveillance cameras along Fairfield’s city streets, once controversial, provided critical evidence in the police investigation.
Genelle Conway-Allen, a foster child, walked home from Green Valley Middle School every day after classes using the same route. On the day she went missing in January 2013, cameras recorded her walking with a boy who police were able to identify. The boy said he noticed Conway-Allen shared his route home and that the day she disappeared was also the first day he had walked with her.
Conway-Allen’s walking companion told investigators that they were approached that day by a car driven by a man who pulled up near them and who demanded that Conway-Allen walk over to his car, in which he was alone. Conway-Allen “began trembling” as she went closer to the car before the man told her to get in. She did and they sped off, the boy told police.
Video showed the car had followed Conway-Allen and her companion for some time, with the driver waiting until they were in a place away from others before initiating contact with them.
Police previously said Conway-Allen was last seen near Railroad Avenue in Suisun City and provided a video still photo of her walking near the corner of East Tabor Avenue and Grande Circle.
Once police identified Jones as the suspect in their investigation, they began around-the-clock surveillance of him leading up to his arrest. Twice during that surveillance Jones allegedly approached groups of young children walking home from school and called out to them. None of the children heeded his calls and they kept walking.
After Jones’ arrest, he initially denied knowing Conway-Allen and insisted he had never had sex with her. As detectives pressed Jones, one of them tossed him a photo of Conway-Allen, which caused him to recoil and begin crying and sobbing for 45 minutes.
The autopsy of Conway-Allen revealed a large mark around her neck consistent with a belt or strap. Marks on her feet and wrists were also consistent with her being tied up at the time of her death.
DNA evidence from Conway-Allen’s body was matched to Jones just hours before his arrest, according to the court documents. Shortly after his arrest, additional DNA samples were taken that also were matched to Jones and reflect that Conway-Allen was sodomized.
While an initial autopsy revealed no evidence of sexual assault, a subsequent autopsy revealed five areas of trauma, reflecting that Conway-Allen was raped and sodomized. One of the signs of trauma was a bleeding section in her bowel.
Jones, who has pleaded not guilty, is scheduled to be in court Feb. 25 when a date may be scheduled for his probable cause hearing. District Attorney Donald A. du Bain has not said whether his office will seek the death penalty for Jones.
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