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Sheriff thanks media for help in triple homicide case

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:56 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:36 AM
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Sheriff Richard Roundtree provided no new details into Tuesday’s triple homicide at a news conference Wednesday, but he thanked the media for quickly disseminating information that led investigators to a second crime scene.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree speaks about the three bodies found Tuesday. He provided no new information about the triple homicide at Wednesday's news conference  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Sheriff Richard Roundtree speaks about the three bodies found Tuesday. He provided no new information about the triple homicide at Wednesday's news conference

Investigators were called to an undeveloped, wooded area of Walton Farms subdivision, off Willis Foreman Road, after firefighters responding to a brush fire found the remains of two men and one woman.

Soon after the media reported the bodies, police said they received calls to check a home that appeared to be another crime scene related to the first.

Autopsies were conducted Wednesday morning, but Roundtree did not discuss the findings. Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said the identification process has begun and dental records obtained, but positive identities might not be available for another week.

“Until we receive evidentiary confirmation from the medical examiner we cannot legally confirm the identifies,” Roundtree said.

Deputies and investigators were seen at a home on Pinnacle Place Drive on Tuesday evening. Neighbors said the home’s owners – retired Richmond County educators, Roosevelt and Edna Jones – and their son, Russell, had not been seen all day. Later, police were seen towing several vehicles from the home.

According to The (Macon) Telegraph, Steve Jones, a Bibb County middle school principal, is mourning the loss of his parents and younger brother, who resided at the Pinnacle Place Drive residence.

Acting Bibb school Superintendent Susanne Griffin Ziebart issued a statement to school administrators Wednesday morning.

“I spoke with Steve this morning and he has indicated the investigation is ongoing and that the family has not yet received the final report from investigating authorities,” the statement said. “As you can imagine, the loss is beyond devastating for the family.”

Edna Jones worked for the Richmond County School System from 1980 to 2009 as an elementary school teacher. Most of her career was spent at Jamestown Elementary from 1993 to 2009.

Roosevelt Jones taught at Paine College before moving to Tutt Middle School, where he taught from 1981 to 2008.

A man was taken into custody about 9 p.m. Tuesday after police received tips, but the suspect has not been charged.

Roundtree said that a person of interest can be held for 72 hours before a judge is needed to extend it. Investigators do not believe multiple suspects were involved in the crime or that the public is in any danger.

Authorities are looking at the homicides as a potential death penalty case. In Georgia multiple deaths qualify for the death penalty.

Roundtree said investigators still have at least a dozen witnesses to interview, two crime scene and multiple vehicles to process.

“We’re days away from completing forensic investigations,” he said.

Police are still asking for the public to call (706) 821-1000 with any additional information.

Staff Writer Tracey McManus and The (Macon) Telegraph contributed to this report.

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rmwhitley 05/22/13 - 06:06 pm
God bless

the family.

nocnoc 05/22/13 - 07:14 pm
Just a suggestion

when the news media calls A Triple Murder NEWS Conf.
a "30 min No news News Conf"

It is time to seek professional press advice and use it.

AutumnLeaves 05/22/13 - 08:36 pm
That wouldn't hurt, but

He's probably had professional press advice, which doesn't hurt, but in this case, my opinion is that he has said just enough and not too much. But I'm just a concerned mom, not a law enforcement professional or lawyer, so don't rely on my word for it. I think, in a possible death penalty case, the less said the better, and he will probably limit information to the minimum. You don't want to taint jury pools.

Dixieman 05/22/13 - 09:49 pm
Dixieman is not persuaded

He did everything but take the Fifth Amendment. No news here.

soapy_725 05/23/13 - 08:28 am
He speaketh for himselfeth.

Will wonders never cease?

Austin Rhodes
Austin Rhodes 05/23/13 - 12:25 pm
Does anyone ever really hate... say "I told you so" ?

The Sheriff has had some good ideas...his media policies suck wind.

gargoyle 05/23/13 - 02:37 pm
The facts are the facts I

The facts are the facts
I find it refreshing that a police official only reports what is known to them rather than bringing speculation into a very sad situation. Keeping close to the vest while checking all the facts may not make good radio but it does help get to the bottom of the matter.

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