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Suspected Christmas Eve killer goes free; victim’s family shocked

Posted at 12:35 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 06:44:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Kasheima Holmes cannot believe what she witnessed in court Thursday. Citing a lack of evidence and witnesses willing to come forward, the Commonwealth nolle prossed -- or set aside -- manslaughter and gun possession charges against 37-year-old Todd Jones. Other gun charges against Jones were dropped.

Jones was arrested last month and charged in connection to the Christmas Eve shooting death of 18-year-old Tray'Quain Holmes.

"He comes in the courtroom with a smile on his face, like they did not consider anything," Tray'Quain's aunt Kasheima said about this morning court hearing.

Tray'Quain Holmes

Tray'Quain Holmes

The Commonwealth could bring charges back up against Jones should evidence emerge or witnesses come forward.

Holmes was found unconscious in the 2000 block of North 29th Street in Richmond's Creighton Court neighborhood on Christmas Eve 2015.

He graduated from Armstrong High School earlier that year and wanted to join the Air Force, his family said. He left behind a newborn son.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Victoria Griffith-Matko at 646-3912 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.