Big Bad Wolf

Anthony Jones Upholds the Legend of Puff Daddy’s Bodyguard

Jones is not permitted to answer when Bachner reminds him that he told the jury that all he wanted was for someone to be held responsible for what happened to him, and when Bachner declares that Anthony Jones "had absolutely nothing to do with your injuries." Bachner rephrases his question: "Can we agree, sir, that Mr. Jones never assaulted you? Never battered you? And never shot you?"

"I agree, he didn't," Jones answers over Bogdanos's beaten-down objection. "He didn't [shoot] me." Extracting such an agreement is Bachner's way of reminding jurors that his client is not charged with shooting anybody.


Lamb in wolf's clothing? Prosecutors portray Anthony Jones as a gun-toting felon, but colleagues of the bodyguard describe him as slow to anger and overly protective of Sean "Puffy" Combs.
photo by Ron Antanelli
Lamb in wolf's clothing? Prosecutors portray Anthony Jones as a gun-toting felon, but colleagues of the bodyguard describe him as slow to anger and overly protective of Sean "Puffy" Combs.

The fireworks will come, Bachner promises, when Wardell Fenderson takes the stand to testify against Anthony Jones and Sean Combs. Fenderson drove the Lincoln Navigator that whisked Jones, Combs, and Jennifer Lopez from Club New York after the shooting. Jones is charged with having a gun in the SUV and bribing Fenderson to say the weapon belonged to him. Fenderson told prosecutors that as they fled the club and were pursued by cops, he and Jones discussed ways of concealing a gun in the vehicle.

"I ask you, members of the jury," Bachner said in his opening remarks, "if Anthony Jones, a person the prosecutor has told you has a prior conviction, knew that a gun was under his seat, would he leave it sticking out in plain view? I ask you, members of the jury, would Anthony Jones not have put the gun as he is seated alone in the Navigator in the glove compartment? Would he not have thrown it by Mr. Fenderson's seat? Would he not have tucked it by Mr. Fenderson's seat? No. What the evidence will show [is that] it was sighted right under where he was seated, in plain view. I submit to you, members of the jury, it's absurd to conclude that Anthony Jones knew he had possession of a gun on that day."

As to the the bribery allegation, Bachner sarcastically declared that Fenderson was "offered a bribe like Bonnie and Clyde were offered bank loans."


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