3.9k Share this

A California couple affiliated with neo-Nazi skinheads and accused of fatally shooting a black Navy veteran during an unprovoked attack at a gas station have been charged with murder as a hate crime, authorities said.  

Christina Garner, 42, of Manteca, and Jeremy Jones, 49, of Stockton, had already been charged with murder after last week’s shooting, which left 30-year-old Justin Peoples dead.  

San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said on Friday she believes her office had collected enough evidence to update charges against Garner and Jones to murder as a hate crime. 

Peoples, a father-of-two working two jobs, had pulled up at a Chevron gas station in Tracy, about 60 miles from San Francisco, around 9pm on March 15. 

Garner and Jones shot and stabbed Peoples multiple times, before fleeing the scene, authorities said.  

Peoples was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died hours later, and the couple was arrested the following day. 

Tracy law enforcement determined the attack was ‘a senseless act of violence,’ but the DA added the hate crime charges against Garner and Jones after reviewing evidence that linked them to the skinheads and the Aryan Brotherhood.

On pictures shared by prosecutors of Jones, the words ‘WHITE’ and ‘PRIDE’ can be seen inked on the skin behind his biceps. A closeup of a skeleton tattoo on Jones’ back also shows a swastika.

The couple is in police custody and is expected back in court for an arraignment hearing on April 4.

Christina Garner, 42, of Manteca

Christina Garner, 42, of Manteca

Jeremy Jones, 49, of Stockton

Jeremy Jones, 49, of Stockton

Christina Garner, 42, of Manteca, (left) and Jeremy Jones, 49, of Stockton, (right) had been charged with murder after last week’s shooting, which left 30-year-old Justin Peoples dead. On Friday, the San Jose County DA also filed hate crime charges against them 

Law enforcement determined the attack was 'a senseless act of violence,' but the DA only charged Garner and Jones with a hate crime count after reviewing evidence that linked them to the skinheads and the Aryan Brotherhood

Law enforcement determined the attack was 'a senseless act of violence,' but the DA only charged Garner and Jones with a hate crime count after reviewing evidence that linked them to the skinheads and the Aryan Brotherhood

Law enforcement determined the attack was ‘a senseless act of violence,’ but the DA only charged Garner and Jones with a hate crime count after reviewing evidence that linked them to the skinheads and the Aryan Brotherhood

On pictures shared by prosecutors of Jones, the words WHITE and PRIDE can be seen inked on the skin behind his biceps

On pictures shared by prosecutors of Jones, the words WHITE and PRIDE can be seen inked on the skin behind his biceps

On pictures shared by prosecutors of Jones, the words WHITE and PRIDE can be seen inked on the skin behind his biceps

Garner and Jones are accused of shooting and stabbing multiple times father-of-two Navy veteran Justin People, 30, (pictured) in an unprovoked attack on March 15 because of his skin color

Garner and Jones are accused of shooting and stabbing multiple times father-of-two Navy veteran Justin People, 30, (pictured) in an unprovoked attack on March 15 because of his skin color

Garner and Jones are accused of shooting and stabbing multiple times father-of-two Navy veteran Justin People, 30, (pictured) in an unprovoked attack on March 15 because of his skin color 

‘There is no place for hate in our community. No one should be victimized because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion,’ Salazar said in a statement after filing hate crime charges against Garner and Jones. 

‘These types of crimes are reprehensible and my administration will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to hold those who perpetuate hate accountable.’  

Prosecutors said they were able to collect evidence against the defendants from posts they had made on social media showing off their tattoos and alluding to Norse mythology and symbols misused by white supremacists, The Daily Beast reported. 

Jones had recently got a tattoo with Garner’s name, CHRISTINA, across his neck, and commented he got inked because he wanted to show his love for her.  

‘I Love my family and my brothers and sisters with a love that I feel in my gut .It’s not some fake I can’t wait to get rid of you love… I will tell you this one time stay out of my way and away from my people. We got some [living] to do. Victory or Va[l]halla,’ Jones wrote on Facebook in November. 

The Valhalla, a heaven where heroes go in Norse mythology, has been mis-referenced by white supremacists trying to find a link between the mythology and racial purity.  

A close up of a skeleton tattoo on Jones' back also shows a swastika

A close up of a skeleton tattoo on Jones' back also shows a swastika

A close up of a skeleton tattoo on Jones’ back also shows a swastika

Garner and Jones are expected by in court for an arraignment hearing on April 4

Garner and Jones are expected by in court for an arraignment hearing on April 4

Garner and Jones are expected by in court for an arraignment hearing on April 4

On March 15, the Tracy Police Department responded to reports of a man suffering from a gunshot wound at the Chevron gas station on North Tracy Boulevard. 

Officers arrived at the scene and found Peoples with a gunshot and multiple stab wounds. 

The following day, Tracy Police Department Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Special Enforcement Team (SET) took Garner into custody in connection with Peoples’ death. 

A third person, 58-year-old Christopher Angelo Dimenco, was also arrested for helping Jones’ and Garner’s escape the scene.  

‘There is no room for hate in Tracy or anywhere,’ Tracy police chief Sekou Millington said after the charges were filed on Friday. 

‘When community members are victims of crimes related to hare, we will use our resources to bring those responsible to justice,’ he added.   

Jones has a long criminal history dating back from 2007. He has been arrested numerous times and charged with stolen property and violent felonies

Jones has a long criminal history dating back from 2007. He has been arrested numerous times and charged with stolen property and violent felonies

Jones has a long criminal history dating back from 2007. He has been arrested numerous times and charged with stolen property and violent felonies

A criminal complaint filed by the San Jose County District Attorney's Office said the attack on Peoples was unprovoked

A criminal complaint filed by the San Jose County District Attorney's Office said the attack on Peoples was unprovoked

A criminal complaint filed by the San Jose County District Attorney’s Office said the attack on Peoples was unprovoked 

On Friday, prosecutors updated murder charges against Garner and Jones to murder as a hate crime

On Friday, prosecutors updated murder charges against Garner and Jones to murder as a hate crime

On Friday, prosecutors updated murder charges against Garner and Jones to murder as a hate crime

‘He was a remarkable young man,’ Peoples’ father, Maurice, said on Monday. ‘This is where racism stops. It stops right here. Justice for Justin.’ 

Maurice said he had received a text from his son hours before the murder, telling him he’d meet Maurice the next day for lunch. 

‘It’s going to always hurt. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,’ the grieving father told Channel 3000

‘It’s going to be a long hard trial and tribulation in my heart.’ 

Maurice also said his son was working two jobs and saving to buy a home.    

‘I don’t care what color you are – stand for this baby who didn’t deserve to die,’ another relative of People, Bernice Bass, said Monday.  

Jones has a long criminal history dating to 2007 and include charges for stolen property and violent felonies.  

Peoples had been arrested earlier this year and charged with drug and firearm possession after police seized Ecstasy, Xanax, crack cocaine, fentanyl and LSD found inside his vehicle, according to a Facebook statement by the San Jose County Sheriff’s Office last month. 

Source: Daily Mail

3.9k Share this
You May Also Like

AOC says she’s itching to ditch her Tesla after spat with Elon Musk

AOC has announced plans to ditch her Tesla, weeks after Elon Musk…

Kaia Gerber, Kylie Minogue, Izabel Goulart and a VERY pregnant Adriana Lima lead the red carpet

Kaia Gerber stunned in red as a very pregnant Adriana Lima led…

Countdown’s Susie Dent says the term ‘petrolhead’ is dying out

If petrolheads thought the main threat to their full-throttle existence was low-traffic neighbourhoods…

Sir Philip Green is seen for first time in months on £120m superyacht with Leo DiCaprio in France

Sir Philip Green has been spotted after months away from the limelight,…

JOHNNY DEPP VS. AMBER HEARD TRIAL LIVE: Heard could take the stand again today

LIVE JOHNNY DEPP VS. AMBER HEARD TRIAL LIVE: Amber Heard could take…

We Send Money Everywhere But Leave Schools Unsafe

Parkland father Andrew Pollack spoke to Breitbart News about Tuesday’s heinous attack…

UK records TWELVE more monkeypox cases: Outbreak hits 90 as virus reaches Wales and Northern Ireland

Another 12 monkeypox cases were detected across the UK today as the…

Henry Kissinger tells global elite gathered at Davos that Ukraine should give Russia territory

Henry Kissinger has said that the West should stop trying to inflict…