Victims identified in Hephzibah triple homicide

Through dental records and other evidence, Rich­mond Coun­ty coroners on Thurs­day positively identified three charred bodies recovered last week as Roosevelt, Edna and Rus­sell Jones of Heph­zibah.

Roosevelt Jones, 65, and his wife Edna Jones, 64, were retired Richmond County educators. Russell Jones, 20, was a sophomore at Fort Val­ley State University majoring in health and physical education.

The announcement came two days after Ryan Jones was arraigned on three counts of murder in the slaying of his mother, father and brother.

Mark Bowen, the chief deputy at the Richmond Coun­ty Coroner’s Office, said the causes of death remain under investigation and that the autopsy has yet to be completed.

However, early results from the examinations revealed each victim had been shot at least once in the head, then taken to a field near Deer Chase Elementary School and set on fire.

A memorial will be held for the Joneses at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Good Shepherd Baptist Church. Pastor Roy Myles will officiate.

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