ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford man who was shot by a Rockford Police officer last year was in court Wednesday to answer to murder charges against him.
Tyris Jones, 21, appeared in a virtual Winnebago County courtroom and pleaded not guilty to first degree murder. Jones is accused of shooting and killing Da’Mavlee Macklin, 25, in September.
Before Jones was charged with murder, he was shot three times by a Rockford officer Dominick McNiece, once in the arm and twice in his back.
Jones was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the October shooting. At the time of the officer-involved shooting, officials said Jones was wanted on "multiple warrants," though former Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea did not specify at the time that the warrant was for murder.
After Jones was released from the hospital, he was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail on charges from the initial traffic stop where he was shot.
It wasn't until Jones posted bond that state's attorney Hite Ross charged Jones with first degree murder. During a news conference about the murder charge, officials said at the time Jones was shot by an officer, it was known to authorities that he was wanted in connection to a murder.
The officer-involved shooting sparked a 100-day sit in by a group of Rockford protesters that had spent the summer protesting systemic racism and alleged police brutality in the Rockford Police Department.
Jones' next court date is on Feb. 26.