Mental evaluation ordered for suspect in Hephzibah triple homicide

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 5:52 PM
Last updated 9:11 PM
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A bond hearing for the suspect in a recent Hephzibah triple homicide has been postponed until a mental evaluation can be conducted.

Ryan David Jones: Attorneys for the public defender's office presented a motion requesting a mental evaluation.  SPECIAL
Ryan David Jones: Attorneys for the public defender's office presented a motion requesting a mental evaluation.

Attorneys for the public defender’s office presented a motion on behalf of 26-year-old Ryan David Jones requesting the evaluation, stating that evidence exists to suggest Jones could be suffering from a mental illness.

On behalf of the state, District Attorney Natalie Paine consented to the motion and Judge Sheryl B. Jolly signed the order Tuesday, Paine said.

The bond hearing that had been set for Friday can be rescheduled at a later date.

Jones faces charges of murder in the deaths of his parents, Roosevelt Jones, 65, and Edna Jones, 46, and his brother Russell Jones, 20.

The victims’ bodies were discovered May 21 in a field near Deer Chase Elementary School. The bodies were burned in a fire set at the scene.

Investigators believe the family members were shot in their Pinnacle Place Drive home, according to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle.

Officers were sent to the home to check on the family after another son called the sheriff’s office because he had been unable to reach anyone at the Hephzibah home.

The couple were retired educators in Richmond County. Russell Jones was a student at Fort Valley State University.

Ryan Jones has one previous criminal case stemming from the purchase of a handgun that had been stolen, said his attorney at the time, Greg Leopard.

His attorney said was no indication Jones was involved in the theft, only that he was foolish to purchase a weapon on the street.

Jones was sentenced to four years of probation under the First Offender Act on Dec. 21, 2007.

He successfully completed the sentence, according to court records.

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just an opinion
just an opinion 06/05/13 - 07:58 am
Watch the You Tube Video of these thugs

It shows the real Jones and the other thugs bringing down their neighborhood. If the N word offends you, you better not watch it. They use it about 100 times.

GNicole 06/05/13 - 11:15 am

Just an opinion, how are they thugs for making videos? Were they breaking and entering? Burglarizing? Terrorizing? How, praytell, were they bringing down the neighborhood? I am guessing that in your neighborhood, everyone drinks the same Koolaid, goes to bed at the same time, drives the same car because any deviation from the same would be considered 'bringing down the neighborhood'! Get over yourself. As a sophomore in college, he prob had more education than you. JUST MY OPINION!

CricketSeranade 06/05/13 - 12:43 pm
What video are you talking about?

How do you know that Ryan Jones is even in a video? How do you find this video? I reserve judgement on the 'Thug' reference until I see the video. GNicole I believe he is referring to Ryan Jones, not his brother. The brother was the one in college. Oh, and Koolaid? Really???

whyme 06/05/13 - 11:51 pm
mental health

The news article pertained to the mental health evaluation request for this person. Interesting that none of the other posts on here seem to be responding to it, but I will. I think an evaluation is an ideal proposition. It allows someone who is truly ill to get necessary help but still needs to be held accountable for his actions. How awful for all involved if he has a mental illness which went untreated and subsequently could have prevented such a horrible crime. If the evaluation proves that he does not have an illness, the punishment should be appropriate for that level of functioning.

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