Crown counsel links accused in Bacon shooting trial to vehicle

Michael Jones was ticketed April 21, 2011 for not wearing his seatbelt.

One of the accused in the Jonathan Bacon murder trial was spotted by Mounties in the vehicle believed to be connected to the high profile shooting, months earlier.

Michael Jones was ticketed April 21, 2011 for not wearing his seatbelt while driving a vehicle similar to the one used in the Jonathan Bacon killing, the court heard Monday.

Jones— who is charged with murder and four counts of attempted murder alongside Jason McBride and Jujhar Khun-Khun — was behind the wheel of a green Ford Explorer that was pulled over during a routine traffic stop outside the Vancouver International airport, said RCMP Const. Ryan Lee in court.

“He was pleasant,” said Lee. “Nothing stuck out about him.”

Crown counsel are trying to link Jones to the vehicle regularly making an appearance in witness testimony about the crime.

Lee offered a stronger tie. He pulled over the Explorer, checked the license of its driver, and wrote up the infraction with no issues arising. He said the licence plate was 974TFS.

Earlier trial witnesses recalled the shooters as getting into a green or grey Ford Explorer. A burned-out Explorer with B.C. licence plate 974 TFS was found in a wooded area in Lake Country, hours after the shooting.

Khun Khun, McBride and Jones are each charged with one count of murder, four counts of attempted murder and numerous gun charges.

Bacon, a Red Scorpion gang member, was shot to death outside the Delta Grand Hotel on Aug. 14, 2011. In his vehicle during the attack were Larry Amero, a Hells Angel, James Riach, of the Independent Soldiers, Leah Hadden-Watts, who was paralyzed in the incident, and Lyndsey Black.