A Fountain man whose pregnant wife had filed for divorce in late July is accused of fatally shooting her Monday at an apartment where she recently had moved with her three children, according to an arrest affidavit.
Lakeisha Jones, 32, died at Memorial Hospital Central, where her baby daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean section. She was 30 weeks into her pregnancy at the time of her death, the affidavit said. The infant is in critical condition, but is expected to survive, Colorado Springs police said.
Andre Jones, 32, of Fountain, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing at the Summit Apartments in south-central Colorado Springs. He was booked into the El Paso County jail and held without bond, court records show.
The suspect and victim were in the process of getting a divorce in El Paso County and a hearing was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, according to court records. Police received a call about the shooting at 9:27 a.m.
Lakeisha Jones' was found with bullet wounds on the porch at her front door, the bullet trajectories indicating the shots were fired from inside the apartment, the affidavit said.
The victim had moved to the apartment complex in recent weeks with her three children, ages 4, 10 and 12, the affidavit stated. The suspect was allegedly not the father of the baby she was carrying, the result of a brief affair with a co-worker, the affidavit said.
Several friends told police that Lakeisha Jones' alleged affair and consequent pregnancy angered Andre Jones, who reportedly threatened to kill her and the baby's father.
Detectives who interviewed family members, neighbors and friends discovered the suspect could not account for his whereabouts Monday morning, and an arrest warrant was issued within 12 hours of the shooting.
Police did not give details about where the children were staying.
In cases where both parents are unavailable to care for children, the next-best option is to find relatives who will take on the responsibility, said Karen Logan, child protection manager at the Department of Human Services in El Paso County.
"We look at both sides of the families, paternal and maternal, and try to find what is least restrictive for the kids," Logan said. "Everyone has to be able to pass a criminal background check and have no history of abuse of their own children or relatives."
A hospitalized baby, as in the case of the victim's infant daughter, does not have a caretaker or someone who has the authority to make medical decisions. Legally, the department can take custody of the baby and take charge of medical treatment until the infant is placed with a relative or legal guardian, Logan said.
"It's certainly the department's intention to keep siblings together and try to maintain a sense of normalcy within the family," Logan said.
Lakeisha Jones' death is the 23rd homicide in Colorado Springs for this year. There were a total of 19 homicides at this time in 2012.
Anyone with information can call police at 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867).