FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Prosecutors have added a charge of murder to the case against a man accused of fatally stabbing another during an August party.
Jeremee K. Coney, 31, was initially charged with aggravated battery related to the stabbing death of 37-year-old Donald B. Jacquay in a home in the 3400 block of Hanna Street on Aug. 30.
On Monday, though, Allen County prosecutors filed additional charges of murder, felony murder and robbery against him.
Police were called just before 11 a.m. that August day to the home after a woman found Jacquay’s body in his downstairs apartment, maimed and bloody. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
According to a probable-cause affidavit filed Monday, Jacquay had been at a small party at his twin brother Russell’s upstairs apartment at the home, with Coney and others. At one point in the night, Jacquay left the party with Coney to “have some fun” in Jacquay’s apartment, guests told police.
Hours later, Jacquay’s girlfriend called a woman and asked her to check in on him because she’d been receiving strange texts from his phone, the affidavit said. The woman went into his apartment and found him dead, the affidavit said.
Several guests told police that Jacquay and Coney had been together. Another man told police he heard a “commotion” in the apartment, the affidavit said.
Police arrested Coney at a home. A woman he was with told police that Coney told her that he and Jacquay were in the apartment when Jacquay attacked him and climbed atop him and began to choke him and burn him with a cigarette, the affidavit said. The woman told police Coney said he then grabbed a knife and stabbed Jacquay “to get him off.” The woman said Coney told her it was in self-defense, according to the affidavit.
Coney refused to talk with police without an attorney, the affidavit said.
After being initially charge, Coney was released from Allen County Lockup after posting his bond.
On Monday, Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck ordered Coney held on no bond and he was taken into custody.
His trial was set for Feb. 23-25.