Murder victim’s sister wants justice in death penalty trial


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Jurors will begin deliberating the fate of a Dayton man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her friend on Friday.

37-year-old Harvey Jones is accused of fatally shooting 29-year-old Demetrius Beckwith and 32-year-old Carly Hughley in a Harrison Township apartment in January of 2013.

Danada Beckwith is the oldest sister of Demetrius Beckwith. She’s been waiting for justice for her little brother ever since and now, it’s getting closer to being served.

Jones’ trial began last week. Late Thursday afternoon both the prosecution and defense ended their arguments.

The 12-person jury has heard testimony from officers who responded to the murders, family members of victims and even Hughley’s son, who was ten years old at the time and was the only person who saw the murders happen.

Danada Beckwith hasn’t sat in on any of the trial. She said it’s too emotional and that she doesn’t need to hear the grim details of her brothers murder.

If found guilty, Harvey Jones could face the death penalty.

According to Beckwith, whatever the punishment is, her family is okay with.

“We’re strong in our faith and that’s what has gotten us through this for the last three years. That’s definitely what we believe. I can speak for the family that that is what we feel and agree with,” she said.

Even though Beckwith is staying away from the trial she does plan on going to Jones’ sentencing, if convicted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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