Alleged killer in police custody

Several hours after being arrested in Philadelphia, accused killer Monica Latoya Burns, 30, a mother of two, was brought back here and arraigned Wednesday night on city police charges stemming from the New Year’s Day stabbing death of Ryan Jones.

Half way through her arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, Burns, of 1686 Randall Circle, abruptly stopped answering standard questions that are asked during arraignments.

She confirmed her identity and her address for Whiteman, but when Whiteman asked her if she had any source of income, she replied “I do. I don’t want to answer any more questions.”

Police said Burns allegedly stabbed Jones, 28, of South Williamsport, in the chest while he and several other people were involved in a fight during a party inside 610 Lycoming St., Jada Hiller’s apartment at the Timberland Apartment complex about 1:10 a.m.

Burns was not involved in the fight and police have not provided any information as to why she suddenly grabbed a knife and attacked Jones, who fled the apartment and made his way to the back the Williamsport Bureau of Fire headquarters, about 100 yards away, where he collapsed and died.

His body was found by a city firefighter about 6:30 a.m.

Burns was taken into custody without incident at a home in southwest Philadelphia by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. Following her arraignment on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of a crime, she was automatically placed in the Lycoming County Prison without bail.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22 before District Judge Christian Frey.