ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Petersburg man who is accused of ambushing his ex-wife and her daughter faced a judge Saturday morning. 

He will remain in jail with no bond.

  • Stanley Jones, 52, taken charged in stabbing of ex-wife, her daughter
  • He had been charged in February with aggravated stalking
  • Police say it was "targeted attack"

Stanley Jones, 52, is facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder and burglary, among other charges. 

St. Petersburg Police said the incident happened about noon Friday at 22nd Avenue and 53rd Street. 

Jones is accusing of stabbing Willie-Maynard Jones, 60, his ex-wife and her daughter Marqueita Maynard, in what authorities called a "targeted attack."

"We know that the victims arrived home and were ambushed by the suspect, who attacked them with a knife," said the police department's Sandra Bentil.

Maynard, 34, was pronounced dead, Jones was hospitalized. 

Stanley Jones was apprehended trying to leave the scene on a bicycle.

In court Saturday, Jones did not say anything besides answer the judge's questions. He said he could not afford an attorney and needed a public defender. 

While some of his charges automatically have no bond, a no-contact order was put in place against Jones regarding his former wife. 

"That includes no phone calls from the Pinellas County Jail, it also includes no third party contact which means don’t asks someone to make contact with her for you." the judge told Jones.

Dad Wants People to Remember His Daughter's Life

Marvin Maynard, Marqueita's father, says his daughter was called "Rae." He says she was always happy, and loved her family.

“She was a proud person, she loved the game of tennis, she loved sports period," said Marvin Maynard.

He says she was passionate about tennis and played throughout high school and college. He says she often helped teach kids the game.

"I want everybody to remember her by her giving back to the sport of tennis like she did," Maynard said.

Marqueita's family has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Marqueita's funeral costs. 

Maynard says when Willie and Marqueita walked into the house, after returning home from a cruise celebrating Marqueita's 34th birthday, Jones attacked them.

“My daughter, knowing her, what she was doing was fighting him to keep him off her mom. Protecting her mom. She gave her life for her mom," said Marvin Maynard.

Maynard says Willie, his ex-wife, expressed concerns about Jones in the past.

“She hoped that the police (would) do their job, and they put a restraining order on him, but what good did it do?" said Marvin Maynard.

Records show that Stanley Jones was arrested in February and charged with aggravated stalking.

Police say he spray-painted obscenities on his ex-wife's home and left 19 voice messages. He served seven months in jail, was released at the end of October and again began stalking the woman, police said.

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