Police: Bridgeport man facing murder charge confessed to killing
A Bridgeport man went before a judge Tuesday after police say he confessed to a murder in the Hollow last month.
The arraignment comes more than two weeks after the death of 31-year-old Daron Jones. Police say they initially brought the suspect, Jarrel Baker, in on other charges and that he later admitted he was the one they were looking for in this case.
Candles and balloons still remain at the site where Jones was killed. Officers found him dead on the porch just after midnight on Sept. 27.
Police say surveillance video showed Jones arrive at Worth Street and speak with a couple of men in front of the home. Minutes later, there was a flash on the footage - consistent with a single gunshot.
Baker's arrest warrant indicates those cameras helped police get him. The Tactical Narcotics team took him in Monday on several gun and motor vehicle charges.
Police say at the time of his arrest, Baker had a handgun on him - and during an interview with investigators, he admitted he used it on Jones.
In the arrest warrant, police wrote, "Baker stated he had been shot approximately 10 times in the past and believed that Jones was setting him up to be shot again... Baker stated he wasn't trying to kill the victim and was sorry that he killed him."
Jones was a graduate of Bassick High School and worked at UniFirst Uniforms. He also was a father to two children.
The judge kept Baker's bond at $1 million. He has a long history of felony convictions.
Baker will be back in court on Nov. 3.