Defendant physically abused the victim throughout the entire relationship
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 27-year-old REGINALD JONES.
On July 8, 2017, at approximately 6:00pm, 23-year-old Faith Bittinger called a friend and revealed details of her abusive relationship with her longtime boyfriend, Reginald Jones. Bittinger said she intended to leave Jones and end the relationship as a result of the abuse. However, the defendant had previously said to the victim if she ever tried to leave him, he would kill her. Later that evening after Bittinger made that admission to her friend, Jones stood over Bittinger, in the bedroom of their shared apartment on Camp Creek Parkway in College Park, and shot her in the chest. Bittinger was two weeks pregnant with Jones’ child when he shot her. Bittinger and the unborn baby both died. When College Park Police responded to the scene, Jones said Bittinger shot herself but later admitted to shooting his pregnant girlfriend in the chest. Responding officers also noticed that Bittinger’s neck, lower back, and thighs contained severe purple and brown markings normally found in physical abuse cases.
Through the course of the investigation, College Park Police Detective O. Manning discovered a history of domestic violence within Jones and Bittinger’s relationship. Family and friends said the defendant and the victim dated for approximately two years, and Jones physically and mentally abused Bittinger throughout their relationship. Family and friends said Jones would become enraged about finances and Bittinger’s social media activity. As a result, the defendant did not allow the victim to possess a cell phone and Jones would physically abuse Bittinger when he was upset. In fact, Jones and Bittinger were previously evicted from their prior residence in Cobb County after the defendant struck and strangled the victim. On several different occasions in the past, family members observed bruises and handprints on the victim’s face and body.
JONES was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, FETICIDE, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING THE COMMISSION OF A FELONY, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY FIRST OFFENDER PROBATION.
Jones was sentenced to
LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 40 YEARS
Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Senior Assistant District Attorney Adriane Love led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Andrew Margolis, Investigators Glenn Cross, Rasheed Hamilton, Johnna Griffin, and Victim-Witness-Advocate Katelyn Pierson of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective O. Manning from the College Park Police Department was the Lead Investigator in this case.