Jahi Turner's stepfather is charged in the case.
Tieray Dawayne Jones, 37, left, is charged with murder in the 2002 disappearance of his stepson, 2-year-old Jahi Turner from a Balboa Park-area playground in San Diego. Jones was arrested April 18 in North Carolina. (10News)
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Opening statements began Thursday in the trial of a man accused in the disappearance and death of his 2-year-old stepson in 2002.
Tieray Jones is charged with the murder of 2-year-old Jahi Turner, who was last seen at a park just outside of Balboa Park on April 25, 2002.
Jones reported the boy missing, telling police that Jahi had wandered away. Jahi was in Jones' care while the boy's mother was on deployment.
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A countywide search ensued, with thousands of people looking for the boy at the park, the Golden Hill neighborhood where he lived and the Miramar Landfill, but Jahi has never been found.
In April 2016, Jones was arrested in North Carolina and charged in his stepson's death.
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The 39-year-old Jones faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.