One-Man Crime Spree Jamal Mitchell Pleads Not Guilty to Murder
Convicted sex offender/multiple felon Jamal Mitchell was in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to his latest alleged crimes, which include murder.
Mitchell was arrested last month and booked into jail on a laundry list of crimes, including child molestation, and armed robbery in addition to the murder rap.
For his most-recent collar, Mitchell, according to court records obtained by New Times, staged a drug deal, during which he allegedly murdered one of his customers.
Mitchell met the victim, Nathaniel Kinsley, and another man, Elon Williams, at a KFC at Central Avenue and Dunlap Road in Phoenix Wednesday on September 21 for the purpose of selling the two men three pounds of weed. The agreed upon price: $1,400.
Mitchell, it seems, never intended on giving the men any weed -- he moved the meeting to Williams' apartment complex, where he's alleged to have fatally shot Kinsley.
The woman says she was in a car in the parking lot of the apartment complex when she heard three shots. Then she saw Mitchell run through the parking lot holding a gun. As the car peeled out of the parking lot, the woman says she saw Kinsley on the ground.
Mitchell, however, assured her -- and two other people who were also in the vehicle -- that he "wasn't planning on that."
Statements from Williams and the passengers during the shooting led police to Mitchell, who, again, is a multiple felon who served a prison sentence for sodomizing a 15-year-old mentally challenged girl in 1993.
Because he's a registered sex offender, Mitchell's forced to disclose his address to authorities whenever he moves. So, police went to Mitchell's last known address, only to learn he'd been kicked out.
Detectives also learned of Mitchell's former residence, with a woman who had two children, a 3-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.
The woman told police that she was told by a friend that Mitchell is a sex offender, so she asked her 3-year-old daughter if he'd ever touched her inappropriately. The 3-year-old told her mother -- and later told detectives -- that while she was watching cartoons one day, Mitchell called her into a bedroom, played a pornographic video, and performed oral sex on her.
The girl's mother then kicked Mitchell out of the house.
But Mitchell found another woman -- and her 11-year-old daughter -- willing to take him in.
The girl later told police that one morning she was sleeping in her mother's bed when she awoke to someone touching her vagina. When she opened her eyes. Mitchell was standing next to the bed.
Initially, Mitchell was booked into jail on two counts of child molestation, and one count each of sexual abuse, sexual conduct with a minor, armed robbery with a deadly weapon, changing his address without alerting authorities, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, first-degree murder, and first-degree murder during the commission of a crime.
According to court officials, Mitchell only pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted armed robbery, and misconduct involving a weapon. It's unclear whether he was formally charged with the other crimes.
Mitchell's due back in court on November 22.
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