Suspect in shooting of Aiken officer to appear in court

The man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers will appear in court Monday.

 

Joshua Tremaine Jones will go in front of the bond judge as a formality, Aiken Lt. David Turno said. A magistrate judge cannot set bond on a murder charge, so he will be sent to a circuit court later.

Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Rogers was dispatched to Eustis Park to check on a suspicious vehicle. Shortly after, she was shot and taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers, where she later died.

Officers immediately put out a “be on the lookout” alert for a blue BMW that was seen leaving the scene. Jones’ father, James Jones, said he had reported the car missing the night before when his son took it and did not return.

While the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was searching for Jones, deputies in Richmond County discovered the body of his 21-year-old girlfriend, Cayce Vice, in her apart­ment on Washington Road. At 5 weeks pregnant with Jones child, she was shot in the head while in bed.

Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said Vice had been shot “at least a few hours” before officers found her.

Jones was arrested without incident at 11:35 a.m. on Youman Street in Bates­burg, S.C., about 30 miles from Aiken.

His father told reporters at the Aiken Public Safety news conference Saturday evening that his son had been “going through a lot of mental issues.” The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said Jones will be charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend.

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