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Springfield attorney accused of assaulting stranger, officer

Jessica Shumaker//May 16, 2018

Springfield attorney accused of assaulting stranger, officer

Jessica Shumaker//May 16, 2018

An attorney faces charges that he assaulted a stranger at random as well as a police officer in October during an incident in downtown Springfield.

On May 4, Greene County prosecutors charged Dylan C. Jones, 33, with one count of second-degree assault involving a special victim, a Class B felony, and one count of third-degree assault, a Class E felony.

Jones is a solo practitioner, but he formerly practiced with Howell and Jones, according to court records.

Springfield Police alleged in a probable-cause statement that Jones and another man, Steven Schaefer, assaulted two men listed in court records as J.W. and B.C. The two victims told police they did not know Jones or Schaefer. Schaefer has not been charged in connection with the incident.

The incident began before 1:30 a.m. Oct. 28 near South Avenue and Walnut Street. The victims told police they were walking when Schaefer began making rude statements to them. They ignored him before asking him to stop, according to the probable-cause statement.

Jones then approached the three.

Victim J.W. told police Schaefer swung at victim B.C. but missed and then pushed B.C. Victim J.W. also said Jones assaulted him before he lost consciousness, and that the next thing he remembered was waking up on the pavement.jones-dylan

Victim J.W. reported a cut and bruising to his lower lip, bruising and a torn frenulum to his upper lip, a scrape on his forehead and a cut to the back of his head that required stitches. He also reported a mild concussion.

One witness detained Jones nearby, and another detained Schaefer when he attempted to enter Jones’ law office, police said in the probable-cause statement.

The responding officer said he heard someone yelling about a fight and came to the scene, where he saw victim J.W. lying unconscious with a pool of blood under his head. The officer caught up with Jones, who he said began walking away from him and the person who’d detained him.

The officer ordered Jones to stop but said Jones continued to walk away. The officer said he placed his hand on Jones’ shoulder and Jones pulled away. While the officer continued to try to get control over Jones, his shirt ripped, prompting the officer to pull him to the ground to prevent him from leaving.

The officer reported that he tore a shoulder ligament during the incident.

Lisa Cox, spokeswoman for Springfield Police Department, said the officer was assigned to light duty for approximately six months. He recently returned to street duties.

The officer reported that Jones and Schaefer “were both uncooperative and appeared highly intoxicated,” the probable-cause statement said.

A Greene County judge approved a warrant for Jones’ arrest on May 11. Jones was released on his own recognizance. His arraignment is set for June 27.

Tad K. Morlan, a Springfield attorney who is representing Jones in the case, could not be reached for comment.

Jones also faces additional charges in a separate case, also filed May 4. In that case, prosecutors filed three counts of misdemeanor domestic assault after they accused Jones of picking up a woman, throwing her against a wall and pulling her hair in September 2017.

The cases are both State v. Jones, 1831-CR02600 and 1831-CRO2601.

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