BG murder suspect captured in Michigan

Published 4:20 pm Friday, October 13, 2023

By Justin Story, Bowling Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN — A man accused in the deadly shooting of a Western Kentucky University student at the Muse apartment complex has been arrested in Michigan.

Malik Ade Jones, 30, was captured Thursday in Detroit by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the Bowling Green Police Department.

Jones is accused of murder in connection with the death of Ayanna Morgan, 21, who was shot in the parking lot of the apartment complex on July 23.

Morgan was pronounced dead the following day at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.

City police say that Jones was part of a group of people who became involved in a confrontation with Morgan immediately preceding the shooting.

Surveillance video footage from the scene shows Morgan approaching three men in the parking lot, who police identified as Jones, his twin brother, Malcolm Jones, and Kobee Lancaster.

According to prior court testimony, Malik Jones hit Morgan multiple times, leading to Morgan chasing Jones around a Jeep police say was driven by Lancaster.

Malcolm Jones is also alleged to have physically attacked Morgan during the altercation.

BGPD Detective Ryan Dillon testified at an August hearing in Warren District Court that the video footage from the apartment complex shows Malik Jones stepping out of the Jeep after he got in at the end of the chase, and is seen holding a gun as he returns to the Jeep.

Lancaster was arrested two days after the shooting, turning himself in to police on a charge of first-degree assault.

It is alleged that Lancaster returned the Jeep to its owner with blood on the hood, exterior passenger side and on the passenger side wheel well and directed the owner to wash the vehicle.

Lancaster’s case is pending before a grand jury.

City police said that Jones will be transferred from Michigan to Warren County Regional Jail as soon as possible.