Search warrant affidavits from the May 21 slaying of a Hephzibah couple and their 20-year-old son show the bodies of the victims had been partially dismembered in addition to being burned.
The bodies were found by firefighters responding to a fire in a field behind Deer Chase Elementary School. According to the affidavits, deputies later found a dolly, an ax, a hacksaw and a short-blade saw at the home of Roosevelt and Edna Jones around noon that day.
About five hours later, their son Steve Jones called a childhood friend, a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, asking for help. He hadn’t been able to reach his family since 9:30 the night before, according to the search warrants.
Deputies sent to the home on Pinnacle Place found a large amount of blood inside and the family’s van parked outside. According to the search warrant, investigators also found vinyl gloves, a knife blade, blood-stained glasses, bullet fragments and two boxes containing .40-caliber bullets.
One search warrant covered a hotel where another son, Ryan Jones, 26, had a room after the slaying. Officers confiscated a cellphone, a charger and bath towels.
Authorities also took from the Jones’ home a firearm target with bullet holes, a typed note, hotel receipts from May 13 and 14, a receipt for a storage facility, a book of matches and papers.
Ryan Jones was indicted Tuesday on charges of murder and weapon violations in the deaths of his parents and brother.
He has been held without bond since his arrest. The public defender’s office requested a mental evaluation for Jones earlier this month.