Murder trial underway for Rhino Club stabbing
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The murder trial is underway for the man accused of killing a teen gang leader.
Ronald Farrow, 33, was charged in the stabbing death of Taaron Jones, 19, in January of 2011. Jones was found dead outside The Rhino Club in Downtown Wilmington after a large fight outside the club. Prosecutors say after the incident, Farrow crashed his red Ford Mustang and blood and DNA belonging to Jones were found inside the vehicle.
After opening statements Wednesday morning, witness testimony began. Witnesses called to the stand included Jones’ mother and Wilmington Police detectives and officers. Each one of the officers described a crowd of about 30 to 40 people outside the business at around 2:00 a.m. One officer who testified described the fight.
“Typically what happens when a fight breaks out downtown, you’ve got a smaller group in a fight and then you’ve got some other people who just want to sit there and, you know, egg it on,” the officer said. “Then you have another group who just wants to be right there watching it. There were definitely arms flying in both directions, versus just you know, like somebody getting beaten without some kind of fight.”
Officers also testified they saw people carry Jones’ body to a car and drive off.
Later in the afternoon, a witness refused to testify and was placed into custody.