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Stepfather of Jahi Turner appears in court

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - A status conference has been rescheduled for Tieray Dawayne Jones, who is accused in the murder of his toddler stepson more than 14 years ago. 

Jones, 37, was taken into custody in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in April on suspicion of killing 2-year-old Jahi Turner. He waived extradition and was booked into jail in San Diego Saturday.

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The suspect reported the child missing on April 25, 2002. At the time, he lived in a Golden Hill apartment with Jahi and the child's 18-year-old mother, Navy sailor Tameka Jones.

The stepfather told police he had brought Jahi to a park at Cedar and 28th streets, left him with a woman and several other children to get a soda from a nearby vending machine and returned to find them all gone. 

The boy's disappearance prompted weeks of intensive searches of canyons, fields and neighborhoods in the area, as well as a grueling weeklong sweep of the Miramar Landfill. 

The efforts turned up no evidence regarding what had become of Jahi, who soon was considered a probable homicide victim.

Seven months after the child vanished, his stepfather was arrested by a bounty hunter in San Diego and taken to Maryland to face unrelated drug charges.

In 2006, Jones pleaded no contest to an assault count stemming from a shooting in that state and was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the Frederick News-Post.

Throughout the last 14 years, detectives were intent on recovering the child's body as well as finding his killer, said police Capt. David Nisleit.
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