Wife of murder suspect charged


First Posted: 7/16/2009

The wife of a man accused of murder in the July 3 stabbing of a Mount Airy resident is now charged with being an accessory.
Rosie Jones Chandler, 42, of 106 Stout Lane in Pilot Mountain, was arrested earlier this week as part of a continuing investigation by city police into the death of Smitty Phillip Davis, 43, of 1504 S. Main St.
Davis was found unresponsive in a parking lot behind his apartment about 1 a.m. on July 3 after police responded to a possible assault. The victim had suffered lacerations and puncture wounds to his abdominal area from a knife.
Detective P.M. Barker has said that Davis death stemmed from a domestic dispute, an ongoing situation that just recently escalated, but authorities have provided little elaboration about the exact circumstances involved.
Within hours of the stabbing, two men were charged with murder in the case, Chandlers husband, Michael Gray Chandler, 45, and Darrell Franklin Wilson, 35, of 121 Lynwood Drive, Mount Airy. Rosie Jones Chandler once had been the girlfriend of Davis, according to unofficial sources.
Further investigation led to a charge against her of being an accessory after the fact to a felony, which is also a felonious offense.
She is charged with actually aiding and abetting one or more of the suspects after the homicide had taken place, Detective Alan Freeman said Thursday. I cant elaborate on how she did that.
Generally, an accessory after the fact hides a fugitive from justice, helps someone escape from police or provides statements to officers that hinder an investigation.
Without fully specifying the actions against Rosie Jones Chandler, Freeman indicated that her alleged aiding and abetting involved more than simply making false statements. She had more of a role than a witness, he said.
The woman has been released from the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 18.
Contact Tom Joyce at [email protected] or at 719-1924.

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