Defendant, slain man were once friends, according to tape

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FORT WORTH -- Dominique Jones and Daniel Garner were friends at one time, according to a recorded interview with police that was played at Jones' capital murder trial Wednesday.

Police interviewed Jones as they investigated the fatal shooting of Garner, 18, during a robbery at his family's home in the 6900 block of Trail Lake Drive on Feb. 19, 2010.

Investigators eventually arrested Jones and two other men. Damian Lamon Murkledove, 21, of Fort Worth was convicted in April and is serving a life sentence without parole. Bryan Alonzo Jones, 26, no relation to Dominique Jones, is free on bail awaiting trial on a capital murder charge.

Dominique Jones is on trial this week in Criminal District Court No. 4.

The recording that jurors heard Wednesday was made in front of Jones' house in an unmarked police car. Jones told detectives that when he first met Garner, Garner did not seem like the "hangin' out going to nightclubs" type.

Jones said that Garner had changed and that he had largely cut ties with him.

"He started tryin' to act like a gangsta or something," Jones said. "We call it high cappin'. Tryin' to tell these girls about things that he was doing that he really didn't do."

On Tuesday, Garner's mother, Karen Clerkley, testified that she met Dominique Jones when he visited the house they lived in before moving to south Fort Worth. During her opening statement Tuesday, prosecutor Nelda Cacciotti said the co-defendants went looking for Garner to steal his belongings.

Near the end of the interview, the investigator asked Jones what he believed should happen to the men who shot Garner. Jones replied that he and those convicted of the crime should be put alone together in a room. Then he said he was joking.

"Put them in the pen, man," his recorded voice said. "Twenty-five to life."

If convicted, Jones will receive an automatic life sentence without possibility of parole.

Testimony is scheduled to resume this morning.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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