‘Our criminal justice system should have protected her’ after local mother murdered

The news of a mother shot and killed Monday morning in execution style continues to send shock waves through the city. Police are still looking for the suspected shooter, BJ Brown. Friends and family of victim Cassandra Jones said it was clearly a case of domestic abuse. WDSU spoke with a legal analyst on Tuesday who said situations like this are becoming more common. She wants women to do whatever they can to get help and not give up. Laura Cannizzaro Rodrigue, lawyer and legal analyst, said: “You have to protect yourself as much as possible. You can’t help the other person if you don’t help yourself.” This is after police say Jones was shot in cold blood in the parking lot of his own apartment along Iberville Street. Her daughter, at a loss for words, spoke exclusively with WDSU. “I’m devastated. I’m heartbroken. I’m angry. I don’t know what to do or how to feel.” Jones’ alleged shooter, BJ Brown, remains at large. Those who knew and loved the mother said they had been romantically involved at some point. The first city court clerk, Austin Badon, Jones’ employer, said: “There were injuries. There were injuries, it was a classic domestic violence situation.” We’re told Jones filed a temporary protective order against Brown but later decided to drop it. Rodrigue said, “It’s the most common type of case in criminal court. Where a victim will recant. Will want the system involved and then take it back.” Rodrigue said a new law requires those arrested for domestic violence to surrender their firearms, but it is difficult to enforce. Also in this case, Rodrigue said Jones should have been better protected by the criminal justice system. “We certainly don’t expect a protective order to protect her from someone like this. He had been arrested at least 25 times. On probation at the time he executed it. He had multiple opportunities to ‘being incarcerated or receiving help. Or serving a significant amount of time to stay out of his life,’ Rodrigue said. Brown is also accused of shooting a cop in Tennessee while fleeing The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 504.822.1111. If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call 1-800-799 -7233.

The news of a mother shot and killed Monday morning in execution style continues to send shock waves through the city.

Police are still looking for the suspected shooter, BJ Brown.

Friends and family of victim Cassandra Jones said it was clearly a case of domestic abuse.

WDSU spoke with a legal analyst on Tuesday who said situations like this are becoming more common. She wants women to do whatever they can to get help and not give up.

Laura Cannizzaro Rodrigue, lawyer and legal analyst, said: “You have to protect yourself as much as possible. You can’t help the other person if you don’t help yourself.”

This is after police say Jones was shot in cold blood in the parking lot of her own apartment along Iberville Street.

Her daughter, at a loss for words, spoke exclusively with WDSU.

“I’m devastated. I’m heartbroken. I’m angry. I don’t know what to do or how to feel.”

Jones’ alleged shooter, BJ Brown, remains at large. Those who knew and loved the mother said they had been romantically involved at some point.

The first city court clerk, Austin Badon, Jones’ employer, said: “There were injuries. There were injuries, it was a classic domestic violence situation.”

We’re told Jones filed a temporary protective order against Brown but later decided to drop it.

Rodrigue said, “It’s the most common type of case in criminal court. Where a victim will recant. Will want the system involved and then take it back.”

Rodrigue said a new law requires those arrested for domestic violence to surrender their firearms, but it is difficult to enforce. Also in this case, Rodrigue said Jones should have been better protected by the criminal justice system.

“We certainly don’t expect a protective order to protect her from someone like this. He had been arrested at least 25 times. On probation at the time he executed it. He had multiple opportunities to “being incarcerated or receiving help. Or serving a considerable amount of time to stay out of his life,” Rodrigue said.

Brown is also accused of shooting a cop in Tennessee while on the run. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 504.822.1111.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call 1-800-799-7233.