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20051214: JONES Jeremy Brian GA Dawsonville Serial Killer News
Authorities doubt Jones killed hairdresser
 

Authorities now say they doubt that suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones killed a Forsyth County hairdresser whose remains were found behind a church in neighboring Dawson County.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead tells WSB Radio that it does NOT appear that Jones had any involvement in Patrice Endres' disappearance or death. He says investigators from the GBI and both counties are going back over files to see if they can develop additional leads now that Endres' body has been identified.

Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that he lied to investigators about the hairdresser's disappearance to get better food and extra telephone and visitation privileges.

Investigators were back at the church yesterday looking for more evidence. Endres' remains were found December sixth in the area behind the church -- about eight miles from her beauty shop where she was last seen in April 2004.

Authorities identified her body through dental records, but the cause of death is still unknown.

Jones had told authorities he had killed Endres and dumped her body in a creek in Douglas County -- some 60 miles from where she disappeared. He has since backed away from that story.

A reward of more than 17,000 dollars is being offered for information leading to a conviction.


20051202: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer arrives on death row
 
Deputies at an Alabama jail who were preparing to take suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones to court Thursday morning for his sentencing in the rape and murder of a woman discovered him wearing a sign that read: "I am the victim."

They made him take it off before he got to court.

In court in Mobile, Jones' attorneys argued that their client should not be given the death penalty for the slaying of 45-year-old Lisa Nichols, of rural Turnerville, Ala., as his jury recommended on Oct. 27. The lawyers said his crime was not particularly heinous, and that he had suffered physical abuse as a child at the hands of his stepfather.

One of his attorneys argued that Jones, 32, formerly of Miami, Okla., had "got it in the butt and it came out in his head," according to witnesses in the courtroom.

But Circuit Judge Charles Graddick upheld the jury's verdict, and sentenced Jones to die for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Nichols.

Jones reportedly showed no emotion when the judge imposed the sentence.

"He realized it was a foregone conclusion," said Don Valeska, one of the assistant attorneys general who prosecuted the case.

The case will automatically begin undergoing appeals in Alabama. The appeals generally take about 10 years to run their course, state officials say.

Valeska said Jones was permitted to make a statement before his sentencing.

Jones took the opportunity, Valeska said, to complain that his trial, conviction and sentencing were politicized, and that the Alabama attorney general's office should never have been allowed to take over prosecution of the case from the local district attorney in Mobile County.

Jennifer Murphy, Nichols' 28-year-old daughter, told the Globe that she was appalled by something else Jones told the court.

"He said that he was not going to beg for mercy, that the people who wanted him dead should be the ones begging for mercy," Murphy said in a telephone interview after the sentencing.

"It's just the kind of person he is," she said. "He doesn't care about anyone but himself and his family. He doesn't show any remorse for our family or any other families affected by what he has done."

Neither Jones' mother nor stepfather was present at the sentencing.

Jones has been charged with two other murders, one in Georgia and another in Louisiana. He allegedly has confessed to several others, including nine in Oklahoma and one in Kansas. None of those so-called confessions has been independently verified by investigators in Oklahoma and Kansas, and Jones has been ruled out as a viable suspect in one double homicide he claimed to have committed.

Lorene Bible - mother of Lauria Bible, a 16-year-old girl from Bluejacket, Okla., who disappeared along with her friend Ashley Freeman in December 1999 on a night when the Freeman girl's parents were shot and killed, and their trailer home near Welch, Okla., was set on fire - expressed some ambivalence about the death sentence Jones received Thursday.

For the family of the woman he was convicted of killing, "at least they got justice," Bible said.

But it remains unknown for the families of other murder victims Jones has confessed to killing whether his death sentence represents any measure of justice for them, she said.

20051201: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer handed death sentence
 
A judge in Mobile, Alabama, sentenced serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones to death for the rape and murder of a woman. It was a homicide that led authorities to charge him with three other killings and link him to several more.

Circuit Judge Charles Graddick called Jones "a danger to civilized society" as he ordered him to die by lethal injection.

Before the sentence was read, Jones told the court, "God will have the final say."

A jury voted in October to recommend the death penalty for Jones. Jurors convicted him of capital murder in the 2004 rape and shooting death of 44-year-old Lisa Marine Nichols on September 17th, 2004.

The judge was not bound by the jury's recommendations.

In calling for the death sentence, Alabama Attorney General Troy King urged the judge to consider the "blood-chilling crime."

Defense attorney Greg Hughes urged Graddick to impose life without parole, not death, saying Jones suffered "extreme mental and emotional problems," including long-term drug addiction that should be a mitigating factor.

Investigators say the 32-year-old Jones of Miami, Oklahoma, may be linked to ten other killings.

In Georgia, Jones is charged with murder in the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell in Douglasville. Authorities say he is considered a suspect in the disappearance of a Forsyth County hairdresser, Patrice Endres.


20051106: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Endres' relatives skeptical of Jones' confession
 

The family of a woman still missing after disappearing from her Forsyth County salon a year and a half ago say there is no reason to believe convicted murderer Jeremy Brian Jones' confession that he abducted, raped and killed her.

After Jones was convicted last week in Mobile of the rape and murder of an Alabama woman, authorities said he had confessed to killing 17 people in four states in the past 12 years.

Among those was Patrice Endres, who disappeared at lunchtime April 15, 2004, from the hair and tanning salon she owned on Matt Highway in north Forsyth County.

Endres' father and siblings say they haven't seen any evidence yet that Jones was involved.

"His confession doesn't mean a whole lot to me unless they have enough evidence to charge him," said Endres' sister, Kyleen Kramer of Dacula. "Then I'll put more stock in his confession."

"All we have is his word, and what good is his word?" she said.

Endres' father, Richard Tamber of Birmingham, said the confession means nothing.

"He's a suspect but hasn't been charged. Did he, or didn't he? Nobody knows," Tamber said. "I want some real good evidence to prove that he's done it."

He and his son, Brian Tamber, said they hold out hope that Endres is still alive.

"You just don't vanish off the face of the earth. If Jeremy Jones didn't do it, I don't know. It could be anybody," Brian Tamber said.

After Jones confessed to killing Endres, Douglas County authorities searched the area of Sweetwater Creek where he said he had disposed of her body.

Searching was discontinued after dogs indicated a body had been in the area, but no trace was found.

Endres' father said that he is generally satisfied with the investigative work that has been done but that he wants to see more.

Her brother said he thinks the case has been mishandled "from the get-go."

An "eyewitness" who was later convicted of lying steered the search toward a fictitious man and white van in its crucial early hours. Before that, an FBI error allowed Jones to get out of jail before Endres disappeared.

"If they're looking every day that's one thing, but I don't believe they are," Brian Tamber said. "If it was one of their colleagues down there, they'd be down there all the time. It's just another unsolved case for them."

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said more work needs to be done before Jones can be charged in the deaths of Endres and Tina Mayberry, who was stabbed outside a nightclub in Douglasville in October 2002. Jones has been charged in the March 21, 2004, death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell of Douglas County.

"There is some evidence to support the Greenwell confession, but almost no evidence to support his confessions in the Endres or Mayberry cases," Miller said.

Georgia law bars convictions based solely on confessions, Miller said.

Jones also said he killed four Atlanta prostitutes.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy said there was no evidence linking him to those deaths.


20051102: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer and convicted murderer Jeremy Jones linked to Atlanta murders
 

A southwest Alabama detective says serial killing suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones has told authorities he has killed as many as 14 people in several states.

A southwest Alabama detective says serial killing suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones has told authorities he has killed as many as 14 people in several states.

Mobile County Sheriff's Detective Paul Burch will detail the deaths in a 1:00 p.m.news conference today. He tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones says he killed as many as five Atlanta-area prostitutes while he lived in Georgia.

Douglas County, Georgia, District Attorney David McDade says he plans to charge Jones in the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell, who lived at the Douglasville mobile home park where Jones lived prior to moving to Mobile County.

McDade said he has NOT sought charges against Jones in thedeaths of Mayberry or Endres.

A jury in Mobile voted last week to recommend that Jones be put to death for his capital murder conviction in the September 2004 rape and shooting death of 44-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols of Turnerville, while he was high on drugs. Sentencing is set for December 1.


20051028: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Jury recommends death for suspected serial killer
 
An Alabama jury voted ten-to-two today to recommend the death penalty for serial killing suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones for the 2004 rape and shooting death of a Mobile County woman.

Circuit Judge Charles Graddick set sentencing for December 1st. The jury had the option of recommending life in prison without parole over execution by lethal injection. The judge isn't bound by the jury's decision.

The 32-year-old Jones was convicted yesterday of rape, burglary, sexual abuse and kidnapping during capital murder. That clears the way for his possible prosecution in Georgia and New Orleans. Investigators say he may be linked to ten other killings.

Before being led away to jail, Jones placed his fist over his heart and reached out to his girlfriend Vicki Freeman of Douglasville, Georgia, who was seated nearby.

Jones also is charged with murder in the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell of Douglasville, whose remains were found in April 2004. He is accussed of killing a 45-year-old New Orleans woman. He also is a suspect in the April 15th, 2004 disappearance of metro Atlanta hairdresser Patrice Endres. Investigators in Forsyth County say he claimed to have abducted the woman in Forsyth County and killed her.

20051028: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Alleged serial killer convicted in 1st trial
 

Six months after FBI officials began investigating how they botched fingerprint tests on suspected serial killer Jeremy Brian Jones, allowing him to slip through the hands of Georgia authorities, Jones has been convicted of murder.

That killing, and three others he's been connected to — including two in metro Atlanta — came after he was released from metro area jails.

Jones completed the first of what could be many trips through the judicial system Thursday when a jury recommended he be sentenced to death in the 2004 rape and shooting death of a Mobile County, Ala., woman attacked in her home during a hurricane blackout.

FBI officials said they still haven't determined why their computer failed to match Jones' fugitive prints when he was jailed in Douglas and Carroll counties prior to the slayings of the Alabama woman and at least three others.

"The FBI is in the process of conducting an internal review of this situation and the results are currently being reviewed by appropriate FBI management officials," spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement issued Thursday.

When contacted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in May, FBI officials said they had already begun an internal investigation of why their national fingerprint database didn't match those prints to Jones, who had given police an alias and was wanted in Oklahoma for sexual assault. As a result, the FBI said, "law enforcement lost an opportunity to prevent further criminal activity by this individual."

"The FBI regrets this incident, " said Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. "We continue to improve our procedures and examine new technologies to upgrade and enhance the reliability and accuracy" of the fingerprint system.

On Feb. 14, 2004, about a month after Jones was released from the jail in Carroll County, where he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, police in New Orleans discovered the body of Katherine Collins, 47. She had been raped, stabbed and beaten with a tire iron.

Then on March 12, Amanda Greenwell, 16, of Douglasville disappeared from her mobile home park. Her body was found April 20, 2004, in woods not far from her home.

On April 15, 2004, hairdresser Patrice Endres, 38, disappeared from her salon in Forsyth County. Earlier this year, Jones confessed to killing her, investigators have said.

Jones' true identity was not discovered until September 2004, after he was charged in Alabama with the rape and murder of 44-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols.

Jones, convicted Wednesday of rape, burglary, sexual abuse and kidnapping during capital murder in the Sept. 17, 2004, slaying of Nichols in rural Turnerville, Ala., is to be sentenced Dec. 1. The conclusion of the Alabama trial opens the door for Jones to be prosecuted in the other cases.

Jones' arrest in Alabama prompted Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller to bring the FBI computer problem to the attention of state and federal authorities. Miller said in May he had been concerned that his jailers had made an error in releasing Jones.

After his arrest in Alabama, Jones told Forsyth County investigators that he raped and killed hairdresser Patrice Endres and dumped her body in Sweetwater Creek in Douglas County, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

Because Jones said the rape and killing took place in Douglas County, charges would be handled there, said Lt. Col. Gene Moss, director of the Forsyth County sheriff's Office's law enforcement bureau.


20051026: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Jurors could get case against suspected serial killer
 
The capital murder case against Jeremy Jones could go to a jury as soon as this afternoon.Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense are expected to get underway this morning in a Mobile, Alabama courtroom.

Jones is the Oklahoma man accused of raping and killing 44-year-old Lisa Nichols and then setting her Turnerville home on fire in September of last year. He has maintained his innocence. If convicted, Jones could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Jones has also been charged with murder in separate slayings in Douglas County, Georgia and New Orleans. Investigators in several other unsolved slayings, including Oklahoma, have expressed an interest in Jones.

Jones is accused in New Orleans of raping and killing 46-year-old Katherine Collins, whose body was found in February 2004 in a grassy lot about a block from the truckers' entrance to the Port of New Orleans. Because the body had decomposed, detectives could not identify her until October, after a forensic anthropologist reconstructed Collins' face.

20051026: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected Serial Killer Convicted in Alabama
 
An Oklahoma man, Jeremy Bryan Jones, suspected of murders in New Orleans and Atlanta and possibly 10 other deaths, has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2004 rape and shooting of a Mobile, Alabama woman who was killed during a hurricane blackout.

Jones was convicted of the murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, 44, on Sept. 17, 2004. Jones first admitted killing Nichols while high on methamphetamine, but later changed his story to blame her death on a neighbor, after the neighbor died.

Nichols' body was splashed with gasoline and burned. She had been shot in the head three times. Testimony during the trial indicated that Jones took a shower, watched hunting videos and went to bed after leaving Nichols' burned body next door.

More Trials Scheduled

The end of Jones' trial in Alabama opens the door for more murder trials in Louisiana and Georgia. Jones is suspected of killing Katherine Collins in New Orleans in February 2004 and Amanda Greenwell, 16, in Douglasville, Georgia in April 2004.

Police say Jones also confessed to killing Atlanta hairdresser Patrice Endres in April 2004 and dumping her in a creek, but he has not been charged in that case. Her body has not been found.

Investigators believe Jones could be responsible for at least 10 other murders of women, but no other charges have been filed in those cases.


20051017: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Trial Opens For Suspected Serial Killer
 
Jury selection was to begin Monday for an Oklahoma man accused of murders in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles Graddick has said jurors will be sequestered for the trial of Jeremy Bryan Jones, 32, of Miami, Okla.

He is charged in Mobile with killing and raping 44-year-old Lisa Nichols of Turnerville, whose mutilated, burned body was found in her burned trailer home in September 2004.

Jones faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

He also is charged with murder in Georgia and Louisiana and has been investigated for a possible role in the 1999 disappearance of 16-year-olds Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible from northeastern Oklahoma.

Freeman and Bible haven't been seen since December 1999, when Freeman's parents, Danny and Kathy Freeman, were found slain in the smoldering ruins of the family's mobile home in Welch. Bible had spent the night with her friend.

Craig County Sheriff Jimmie Sooter said Jones told him in an interview months ago at the Mobile jail, that he shot Freeman's parents, torched the trailer and then posed as a rescuer when the 16-year-olds fled the flames.

In New Orleans, Jones is accused of raping and killing Katherine Collins, 46, whose body was found in February 2004 in a grassy lot about a block from the truckers' entrance to the Port of New Orleans. Because the body had decomposed, detectives could not identify her until October, after a forensic anthropologist reconstructed Collins' face.

More than 100 potential jurors were called to court.

On Friday, Graddick ruled that state prosecutors may use an alleged confession and DNA evidence against Jones.

In a brief telephone interview from jail after Friday's hearing, Jones said he plans to testify. He said he is innocent, and is worried that witnesses might call him a serial killer.

"You can't unring the bell," Jones said. "That's what I'm worried about."

Jury selection begins with questionnaires. Potential jurors with concerns about the death penalty and pretrial publicity will be questioned individually, the judge said.


20051005: JONES Jeremy Brian OK Oklahoma City Serial Killer News
Relatives of suspected serial killer face drug charges
 

The mother and half-brother of suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones have been arrested on drug and weapon charges, Miami, Okla., detective Danny Green said Tuesday.

Jones, 32, of Miami, is being held in Mobile County Metro Jail, charged with capital murder in connection with the September 2004 slaying of Lisa Nichols, 45, of Mobile County. Jones also has been charged with the slaying of a 16-year-old Georgia girl and a New Orleans prostitute.

According to The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City, Jeanne Beard, 49 and Jesse Beard, 18, were taken into custody on Monday.

Jeanne Beard was released on $11,000 bail Monday night. Jesse Beard, who was 17 at the time of the arrest, was released to the custody of his father.

The Oklahoman said anticipated charges against Jeanne Beard are possession of paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Jesse Beard is facing charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

Jones has admitted publicly that prior to his arrest in Mobile County he was addicted to meth. His trial is scheduled for Oct. 17.


20050527: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Serial killer suspect off suicide watch at Mobile jail
 
 

A suspected serial killer from Oklahoma says he's being treated like the movie character Hannibal Lector in the Mobile, Alabama, jail where he's being held on murder charges.

Jeremy Jones of Miami told The Associated Press says he's classified as an extreme escape risk and compares his treatment to that of Lector, a killer in the movie "Silence of the Lambs."

Jones spent two weeks on suicide watch after lethal doses of prescription drugs were found in his cell. Jones says the drugs belong to two other inmates in the cell and that he loves life and wouldn't try to kill himself.

Jones is charged with murder in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. He's called a "person of interest" in several killings in Oklahoma, including the 1999 deaths of Danny and Kathy Freeman in Welch and the disappearance of the Freeman's 16-year-old daughter Ashley and her friend, Lauria (LORI) Bible.

20050525: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Alleged serial killer enters not guilty plea in Alabama
 
Suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones was in a Mobile, Alabama courtroom today for an arraignment hearing. The 32-year-old Jones told Circuit Judge Charles Graddick that he is NOT guilty of capital murder.Jones is charged in last September's slaying of 45-year-old Lisa Marie Nichols. Investigators said the woman was sexually assaulted and shot to death in her home, which was set afire.

Graddick granted a motion allowing Jones to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Jones is also charged with murders in Georgia and Louisiana and is a suspect in several other unsolved homicides around the country.

20050513: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Tuscaloosa Serial Killer News
Suspected Serial Killer under Suicide Watch
 

Suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones is under a 24 hour suicide watch in the Mobile County Metro Jail

Jones was removed from his cell and placed in solitary confinement after jailers uncovered a large stash of powerful medication hidden in his cell. A source said Jones had obtained lethal doses of thorazine and other medications from other inmates

On Tuesday, Jones broke down in court, crying as Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles Graddick ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation at a facility in Tuscaloosa

Jones is charged with capital murder in last September's rape and murder of Lisa Nichols in north Mobile County. He's also facing murder charges in Georgia and Louisiana and is suspect in other homicides across the country

Jailers, say for now, Jones is isolated and he now longer wears his jail house jump suit. He is only allowed a paper sheet in his cell to stay warm.


20050510: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Serial murder suspect pleads not guilty in Alabama killing
 
Suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones pleaded not guilty Tuesday and blurted out "I ain't crazy" as a judge ordered him to undergo psychiatric testing before his capital murder trial in the death of a Mobile County woman.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Charles A. Graddick, who set the trial for Aug. 15, cautioned Jones at his arraignment against making any further comment without his attorney's permission.

Court-appointed defense attorney Habib Yazdi reached to put his hand over Jones' mouth to prevent him from speaking. A handcuffed Jones, following his "I ain't crazy" outburst, briefly was removed from the courtroom and said nothing else when he returned.

"He's excited. He's afraid. He's scared," Yazdi said after the hearing. "We tried to stop him from talking further because he may damage his case."

Jones, 32, is charged in the Sept. 18 murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, 45, of Turnerville. The indictment says Nichols was sexually assaulted and shot to death in her mobile home, which was set afire.

The investigation of her killing led to two murder charges against Jones in Louisiana and Georgia. He is viewed by authorities as a suspect but not charged in other killings as well.

Graddick appointed veteran attorney Greg Hughes to assist Yazdi with Jones' defense.

Hughes told the judge that he expects the plea will change to not guilty by reason of insanity in motions due within a month.

If convicted of capital murder, Jones, a fugitive from sex charges in Oklahoma at the time of the Alabama slaying, could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

Attorneys for the state attorney general's office requested that Jones be sent for mental testing at the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa. Graddick ordered his immediate transfer from Mobile Metro Jail, where Jones has been held since his arrest in September.

It's unclear how long Jones will be at the state prison in Tuscaloosa. Barring unexpected results, Chief Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska said the prosecution will be ready for trial Aug. 15.

Nichols' two daughters attended the arraignment.

Jones also is charged with murder in the death of Amanda Greenwell, a 16-year-old neighbor in Douglasville, Ga., whose remains were found in April 2004, and Katherine Collins, a 45-year-old New Orleans woman whose body was found in February 2004.

Graddick also granted a defense motion for a separate psychiatric evaluation of Jones, but it was unclear when or where that would take place.

20050507: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer also angry over FBI fingerprint mistakes
 

Suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones says he regrets that the FBI failed to match his fingerprints to an Oklahoma case when he was arrested three times in Georgia on minor charges.

Jones, 32, is charged in three killings that occurred after the FBI didn't match his Oklahoma prints with those taken in jails in Douglas and Carroll counties.

"I wish they had found them," Jones told the Mobile Register in a phone interview from the Mobile County jail Thursday. "I would have been extradited back to Oklahoma and maybe stand trial for rape. It would have been nothing."

Jones added his voice to those earlier this week of family members of the four women authorities say he killed who said they are angry that an FBI computer glitch resulted in Jones being mistakenly released three times.

If the FBI fingerprint system had worked properly, Jones said Thursday, he "never would have been labeled a serial killer."

Jones, 32, said he has killed no one and has denied confessing to any killing, as some authorities have said.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said that in January, Jones admitted to the slaying of Patrice Endres, a 38-year-old hairdresser who disappeared April 15, 2004.

Jones said he thinks the FBI's mix-up occurred because Oklahoma authorities used an inkpad and cards to record his prints. In Georgia, Jones said, his prints were taken using the newer Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, which scans fingerprints and stores them in a nationwide computer system.

The FBI issued a statement Tuesday that blamed a database error for the fingerprint mistake, saying it was not a case of an examiner failing to make an appropriate match.

Jones assumed the identity of Missouri prison inmate John Paul Chapman prior to his being arrested three times in Douglas and Carroll counties. Jones also was using Chapman's Social Security number. Jones' identity was discovered after his arrest in Mobile.


20050504: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
FBI glitch led to release of accused serial killer
 
A registered sex offender suspected of a series of rapes and killings across the United States was allowed to go free because of a rare glitch in the FBI's fingerprinting database, according to the agency.

Jeremy Jones was arrested on minor offenses several times under an alias in Georgia in 2003 and 2004. Police sent his fingerprints to the FBI, but its computerized matching system, known as IAFIS, failed to identify him.

Jones, who was wanted for sexual assault in Oklahoma at the time, murdered at least four women in Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana in between and after the arrests, according to police. He has confessed to one of the killings.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the FBI admitted that "law enforcement lost an opportunity to prevent further criminal activity by this individual," adding that the miss was a result of a technical glitch rather than human error.

An FBI spokesman said on Wednesday that the agency's automated fingerprint system, which was introduced in 1999, had a high success record but occasionally missed a match. The FBI is working to reduce errors in the system, he said.

Jones is being held in a jail in southern Alabama, where he is charged with the Sept. 18, 2004 rape and murder of Lisa Nichols, 44. He could be sentenced to death if convicted for the killing.

Prosecutors in neighboring Georgia also have charged him with the murder of Amanda Greenwell, who disappeared from her family's home in an Atlanta suburb in March 2004. Her skeletal remains were found a month later in a wooded area.

Jones also is a suspect in more than a dozen other rapes and murders in Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states. He has denied involvement in those crimes.


20050428: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer linked to Kansas slayings
 
Officials say suspected serial killer Jeremy Jones is considered a person of interest in the 1997 killings of a Commerce couple in southeast Kansas.Ottawa County Sheriff Dennis King says Jones is a person of interest in the March fifth, 1997, slaying of Harmon Fenton and Sarah Palmer.

The two were found shot to death in the bed of a pickup parked in a shed near Melrose, about four miles north of the Oklahoma state line in southeast Kansas.

Jones currently is being held in a Mobile County, Alabama, jail without bail. He has been charged in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana in the slayings of three women.

20050309: JONES Jeremy Brian GA Cummings Serial Killer News
Alabama serial murder suspect called likely killer in Georgia
 
Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said Wednesday that a suspected serial killer jailed in Mobile, Alabama, is the prime suspect in the disappearance of a hairdresser who vanished eleven months ago.

Jeremy Bryan Jones already has been accused of three murders, including the death of a 16-year-old Douglas County girl.

Paxton said investigators believe Jones abducted Patrice Tamber Endres, 38, in April from her Tamber's Trim-N-Tan hair salon.

The Jones, 31, has NOT been charged with Endres' disappearance, but he is believed to have taken her to Douglas County, west of Atlanta, and buried her. The sheriff said searches using cadaver dogs in the area have indicated at least the former presence of human remains.

He would not say what led investigators to suspect Jones in the Endres case.

Jones is a former construction worker from Oklahoma charged in Mobile County with the September slaying of 44-year-old Lisa Nichols, 44. He also has been accused of killing a prostitute in New Orleans and in Georgia with the death of 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell, 16, Douglas County. Her remains were found in April.

20050129: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Mother of suspected serial killer says visit denied
 

The mother of serial killings suspect Jeremy Bryan Jones said the Mobile County Sheriff's Department would not let her visit him Friday at the jail where he is being held on a capital murder charge.

The mother said that a deputy at the jail told her Friday that she was in danger from the family of a person Jones is accused of killing, and the deputy asked her to leave.

A spokeswoman for the department said the mother was not turned away, but chose not to visit her son.

Jones, 31, is being held without bail at Mobile County Metro Jail on a capital murder charge in connection with the September 2004 slaying of Lisa Nichols, 45, in north Mobile County.

Jones also has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of a woman in New Orleans, and murder in connection with the killing of a teenage girl in Douglas County, Ga.

Jones' 48-year-old mother has asked to not be identified by the news media for fear it will endanger her and her other son who is a 17-year-old senior at a school in the Miami, Okla., area.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Bowersox said Friday that persons can visit a Metro Jail inmate if they sign up for the visit 24 hours in advance. Visits are limited to 30 minutes.

Typically, visitors sit in a cubicle facing the inmate who is separated from them by thick, reinforced glass. They converse over a hand-held telephone.

Jones's mother was never told that she could not visit her son, Bowersox said. The woman simply chose not to do so, Bowersox said.

The mother, from Miami, Okla., said she, and her 17-year-old son traveled a thousand or more miles to Mobile to visit Jones at Metro Jail.

Jones' mother said she plans to visit her son today at the jail.

She said the news media was partly responsible for her failure to see Jones Friday.

She said a story in Friday's Mobile Register alerted other reporters and members of the family of one of the slain women that she and Vicki Freeman, who has said she plans to marry Jones, would be at the jail.

According to her, a deputy said "my life might be in danger."

The mother said she got a threatening Christmas card two days after Christmas. She said it was mailed from an Abbey Lane address in Mobile that does not exist.

On the outside, the card appeared to be a regular Christmas card, she said. But when she opened it, someone had inserted a drawing of Alabama's infamous "Yellow Mama" electric chair.

The note said "the only other mother he will ever see on Christmas is Yellow Mama in Alabama," according to Jones' mother.

She said the note also said, "Do not come to Mobile because you will regret it."

Alabama has switched to lethal injection at Holman Prison in the Atmore area, and Yellow Mama was put in storage.

Freeman was allowed a 30-minute visit with Jones at the jail near downtown Mobile, Jones' mother said Friday by telephone from an area motel.

Freeman, of Douglas County, Ga., left Mobile on a commercial bus after visiting Jones, the mother said.

"He is an innocent man," Freeman said Thursday by telephone. "We feel that somebody else is involved, and he has been set up."


20050128: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Georgia Woman Wants To Wed Accused Serial Killer
 
A Georgia woman said she plans to marry a suspected serial killer jailed in Alabama.
Jeremy Brian Jones, 31, is being held without bond on a capital murder charge in the September 2004 slaying of Lisa Nichols. Jones is also charged with two other slayings in New Orleans and Georgia and is a suspect in other deaths.

Vicki Freeman, who says she wants to marry Jones, calls him an innocent man.

Jones told a Mobile Register reporter last month that she met Freeman at a bar in Georgia. He introduced himself as John Paul Chapman, the alias he was using when arrested in Mobile.
Last week, New Orleans detectives obtained a first-degree murder arrest warrant for Jones. He is accused of raping and killing Katherine Collins, 46, whose body was found last February in a grassy lot about a block from the truckers' entrance to the Port of New Orleans. Because the body had decomposed, detectives could not identify her until October, after a forensic anthropologist reconstructed Collins' face.
Police said Collins was raped, stabbed and beaten to death with a tire iron.

20050120: JONES Jeremy Brian LA New Orleans Serial Killer News
New Orleans Police obtain arrest warrant for suspected serial killer
 

NEW ORLEANS New Orleans police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 31-year-old man in the death of a woman, whose nude, decomposed body was found on February 14th, 2004.

Authorities had been awaiting the results of D-N-A tests in an effort to link Jeremy Bryan Jones, a drifter and former truck driver, to the slaying of 46-year-old Katherine Collins.

Collins, originally from California, had been raped and stabbed. Police say Collins had worked as a prostitute in New Orleans.

Jones is already charged with capital murder in the death of a woman in Alabama and a Georgia teenager.

Investigators Oklahoma have questioned Jones in the Mobile jail about two missing teens, but no charges have been filed.

20050114: JONES Jeremy Brian LA New Orleans Serial Killer News
Suspected Serial Killer to face Charges New Orleans
 
An Oklahoma man already suspected of killing several women in at least three states now faces a first-degree murder charge in New Orleans, where detectives say they have linked him to the brutal killing of a prostitute last February.

New Orleans detectives have obtained a first-degree murder arrest warrant for Jeremy Brian Jones, 31, already in custody. Jones faces a possible death sentence in Mobile, Ala., if convicted of killing a 44-year-old woman there. Police said Jones likely will face trial in New Orleans after he's prosecuted in Mobile.

New Orleans investigators who interviewed Jones described him as a user of crystal methamphetamine, but otherwise an unremarkable person, and one who enjoys talking about hunting. Jones is a former construction worker. Police describe him as a drifter.

In New Orleans, Jones is accused of raping and killing Katherine Collins, 46, whose body was found in a grassy lot about a block from the truckers' entrance to the Port of New Orleans. Because the body had decomposed, detectives could not identify her until October, after a forensic anthropologist reconstructed Collins' face.

Police said Collins was raped, stabbed and beaten to death with a tire iron.

20050107: JONES Jeremy Brian OK GA AL Serial Killer News
Alleged Serial Killer Reveals More
 
Jeremy Brian Jones, 31, is suspected in the rape and murder of several women...A suspected serial killer charged with murdering a teenager from Metro Atlanta could face even more charges Friday...Jeremy Jones is already accused of killing 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell, of Douglasville, Ga., last year and a suspect in the stabbing death of Tina Mayberry – also of Douglasville...Now, authorities in Oklahoma say Jones gave them information about the location of two 16-year-old girls – Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman – who have been missing since December 1999. They also say Jones told them that he may have dumped their bodies into a mine shaft...Police discovered the girls missing when they responded to a call to Freeman’s home and found her parents shot to death and burned inside of their mobile home. The girls were nowhere to be found...Although Jones had been living in Douglas County with a stolen identity, he is originally from Ottawa County, Okla. Authorities there called him "a person of interest" in the girls’ disappearance, although Jones initially denied any involvement...Jones recently spoke with The Oklahoman newspaper from the county jail in Mobile, Ala., where he is being held on charges of murder, rape, burglary, and kidnapping in the death of an Alabama woman. Lisa Nichols had been shot in the head and her home set on fire. Jones told the reporter he was not involved in that case or the Oklahoma disappearances..."I get blamed for every unsolved murder now," he said..

20041214: JONES Jeremy Brian GA Atlanta Serial Killer News
Suspected Serial Killer Charged in Georgia
 
A registered sex offender suspected of rapes and killings across the United States was charged on Tuesday with abducting and murdering a 16-year-old girl in Georgia, police said. .Jeremy Jones, 31, was charged with the murder of Amanda Greenwell, who disappeared from her family's home in an Atlanta suburb in March 2004, Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said. ..Greenwell's skeletal remains were found a month later in a wooded area a few miles away. Police believe Jones, who lived in the same neighborhood, abducted the teen from a telephone booth and then killed her. ..They are not sure whether Greenwell was raped because her remains had decomposed and been picked at by animals. ..Jones also is a suspect in three other murders in Georgia and neighboring Alabama as well as several rapes in Oklahoma, where he is a registered sex offender. He has denied any involvement in these crimes. .."We were looking at him as a serial rapist and serial killer possibly, and it looks like it's going to turn out to be both," Miller said. ..Investigators in Arkansas, Indiana and at least five other states also are looking at possible links between Jones and the murders of almost a dozen prostitutes. Jones is currently being held in an Alabama jail. ..

20041105: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer denies he killed Mobile County woman
 
Mobile County detectives say suspected serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones has now changed his story regarding the death of a Turnerville woman. The charred remains of 44-year-old Lisa Nichols were found inside her mobile home September 18th. Several days later a suspect identified as 25-year-old John Paul Chapman was arrested. But investigators found their suspect had stolen the identity from a man already serving a prison sentence...Investigators say there was enough evidence to charge Jones with Nichols' rape and murder. The 31-year-old Jones, in a television interview, denied killing the woman and claimed Nichols died of a drug overdose...Mobile County sheriff's detective Paul Burch said yesterday he expects testimony in Jones' upcoming capital murder trial to tell a different story. Burch said he also believes Jones is responsible for numerous other crimes across the country. Homicide investigators from Louisiana, Georgia and Missouri have questioned Jones about murders in their states...

20041101: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Alabama Authorities questioning alleged serial killer from Oklahoma
 
A possible serial killer from Oklahoma has been arrested in Alabama. When 31-year old Jeremy Brian JONES of Miami was arrested in Mobile, Alabama, police found several photographs of women. ..Investigators are now trying to see if any of the pictures match the faces of unsolved murders. Police are processing evidence from JONES' house that may link him to two murders in Georgia and one in Alabama. He has not admitted anything. ..Meanwhile Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigators stated, that JONES is not linked to any of the serial murders involving prostitutes in Oklahoma. .

20041020: JONES Jeremy Brian LA New Orleans Serial Killer News
NOPD IDs Body Found In Lower Garden District
 
Police on Wednesday identified a body found Valentine's Day in the Lower Garden District by officers who were tipped off by a 911 caller.

Dental records identify the woman as Katherine Geisleman, 47, who was reported missing by her son in January. Last known addresses for Geisleman include one on the Westbank and another in Biloxi, Miss.

Geisleman's criminal record includes arrests for prostitution. Sources also believe she ran an escort service.

Earlier this month, NOPD investigators traveled to Mobile, Ala., to question a man they believe may be linked to the killing.

Jeremy Brian Jones is suspected in the killings of at least four suspected prostitutes. He was arrested last month in Mobile, where he is accused of killing a 45-year-old woman. He is also a suspect in crimes in Missouri and Georgia.

Police are awaiting the results of DNA tests to determine if Jones is a suspect in the Geisleman case.

Geisleman's body was found Feb. 14, 2004, near the intersection of St. James and St. Thomas streets.

According to investigators, police received a 911 call about the body. When officers arrived, they discovered the badly decomposed remains. The Orleans Parish coroner determined the woman had been sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed to death.

Louisiana State University anthropologist Mary Manheim reconstructed the woman's likeness, depicted above.

20041011: JONES Jeremy Brian LA New Orleans Serial Killer News
NOPD Investigators Head To Mobile To Question Man
 
New Orleans police on Monday announced that they believe they have linked the killing of a suspected prostitute to a man arrested in Alabama.

Detectives will travel to Mobile, Ala., Tuesday to consult with police there. They said they have DNA from the killer and hope that will link the case to Jeremy Brian Jones.

Jones is suspected in the killings of at least four other women. He was arrested last month in Mobile, where he is accused of killing a 45-year-old woman. He is also suspect in alleged crimes in Missouri and Georgia.

Police in New Orleans said Jones could also be linked to the killing of a suspected prostitute whose body was found Feb. 14, 2004, near the intersection of St. James and St. Thomas streets.

According to investigators, police received a 911 call about the body. When officers arrived, they discovered the badly decomposed remains. The Orleans Parish coroner determined the woman had been sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed to death.

Detectives contacted Louisiana State University anthropologist Mary Manhein. Manhein successfully reconstructed the woman's face, but investigators have yet to make a positive identification on the victim. New Orleans police are seeking tips from the public.

The woman was an American Indian -- one link to the killings of at least four suspected prostitutes in four states.

Investigators believe those women were picked up at truck stops, then sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a tire iron.

A search warrant executed on a storage shed held by Jones turned up photographs of eight women. Officials in Mobile and Georgia are trying to identify the women and determine the state of their welfare.


20041009: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Murder Suspect May Be Serial Killer
 
Authorities made a chilling discovery in the storage locker of a suspected serial killer -- pictures of eight women. Two came forward after their photos were posted on the internet and aired on television. Now, police are hoping to hear from the other six. ..31-year-old Jeremy Jones is charged in Mobile with the murder of Lisa Nichols. Now, investigators in several states believe they could be looking at a serial killer. The Mobile County district attorney has heard from interested authorities as far away as Arizona. ..Georgia authorities searched an Atlanta suburb storage shed belonging to Jones recently. They say they found items possibly linking him to the murder of his former neighbor, 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell. ..Deputies also suspect Jones is involved in the 2002 slaying of Tina Mayberry...The photographs found were pictures of eight other women, who were unidentified. Authorities appealed to the public for information. Two of the women came forward, one telling detectives that she knew Jones. Authorities are still hoping to hear from the other six...Jones remains in custody in Mobile as the investigation continues...

20041008: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected serial killer may have ties to Arizona
 
A man suspected of being a serial killer in at least two southern states had apparantly slipped out of authorities' hands at least twice by giving a false name. ..Jeremy Bryan Jones is currently in jail in Mobile County, Alabama, on rape and murder charges. ..He's accused of raping and shooting 44-year-old Lisa Nichols and setting her body on fire inside her home outside Mobile. ..He's also a prime suspect in two murders in Douglas County, Georgia. ..TV stations in Mobile and Atlanta are now reporting that Jones had been in Douglas County Jail for a week under a different name, but fingerprint checks didn't reveal he was using the name of a man already jailed in Oklahoma. ..Investigators in at least four other states have now said they'd like to talk to Jones. .

20041008: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Serial Killer News
Suspected Serial Killer Caught
 
Police in Alabama suspect a man in their custody may be a serial killer...Jeremy Jones, 31, was arrested last month in Alabama and charged with the rape and murder of a woman near Mobile...Images: Unidentified Women ..He is also a suspect in a second Alabama murder and two more killings in Georgia...Police are concerned because they found eight pictures of women in Jones' possession...Authorities are hoping the public can help identify these women...Authorities in seven states are looking at Jones as a possible suspect in a string of unsolved killings...If you recognize any of the women, contact your local authorities.

20041008: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Suspected Killer Jailed Three Times
 
Jeremy Brian Jones, 31, is suspected in the rape and murder of several women...11Alive News has learned that a suspected serial killer was jailed several times before some of his alleged victims were killed...Jeremy Brian Jones, 31, is charged with the rape and murder of 44-year-old Lisa Nichols near Mobile, Ala., in September. Jones is also suspected in the March 2003 disappearance of Melinda McGhee of Escambia County, Ala., as well as two more cases in Georgia...11Alive has learned that authorities questioned Jones or had him in custody as many as four times in the past two years. ..Jones' Run-ins with the Law...Spring 2003 -- Jones questioned by Douglas County officials after 16-year-old Amanda Greenwell vanished from a trailer park where Jones lived. Jones was not taken into custody....10/27/03 -- Jones was arrested in Villa Rica in Carroll County, Georgia for public indecency and indecent exposure. He was booked through Douglas County Jail under the alias John Paul Chapman....1/22/04 -- Jones was charged by Carroll County Sheriff's Dept. with two counts of criminal trespassing under the alias John Paul Chapman. The case was dismissed 3/11/04....6/15/04 -- Jones was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, obstruction and possession of drug related items. He was booked and spent a week in the Douglas County Jail under the alias John Paul Chapman...The Douglas County sheriff's department said Jones was fingerprinted and those prints and his personal information were run through the Georgia Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS), a criminal database maintained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. ..The search in Georgia's criminal database did not alert officials to the fact that Jones was already wanted in Oklahoma for rape, sodomy and failure to register as a sex offender. ..Jones duped the system by changing his identity. When he was arrested in Douglas County in October 2003 and again in June of this year on drug charges, he used the identity of an inmate in a Missouri prison...He also had an Alabama license with his own picture on it with his alias of John Paul Chapman. ..“If he was wanted in Georgia or if those prints were of somebody else and they knew about it, they would flag them and send us back that information and we would act appropriately,” Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller said. ..Jones, and his alias Chapman, however, had no prior arrests in the state. ..The only way Jones’ identity would have been revealed was if Douglas County authorities would have run his prints through a national database, but they only reason they would have done that was if they were on to his identity change. ..Jones’ scam was finally uncovered when he became a murder suspect in Alabama. It is not unusual to run the prints of murder suspects through the national database. ..“The Douglas County Sheriff’s office and as far as I know, the Carroll County sheriff’s office, or anybody else in Georgia where he has been arrested, did their job. If somebody’s suggesting otherwise, then they're wrong,” Miller said. ..Officials Search for Mystery Women..Earlier in the week, authorities released pictures of eight unnamed women in connection with the Jones case. .."The fact that he had these pictures of females in his possession concerns us about the identities of these females and their whereabouts," Miller said. ..Investigators want to track down the women and confirm their whereabouts...One of those women has been found and is alive and well..

20041001: JONES Jeremy Brian AL Mobile Serial Killer News
Georgia Women Victims of Serial Killer?
 
A suspected serial killer jailed in Alabama may provide Douglas County authorities with a break in their investigation into the murders of two women, 11Alive News learned Friday...Douglas County sheriff’s deputies are now in Mobile, Ala., questioned 31-year-old Jeremy Jones in the murders of 38-year-old Tina Mayberry and 16-year-old Amanda Grenwell today. ..Grenwell’s body was found earlier this year along a Douglas County road. The suspect at one time lived in the same trailer park as Grenwell. ..The other victim was found stabbed to death on Halloween night 2002 in front of Gipson’s restaurant and lounge. Jones was apparently a regular there. ..Friends of Jones’ ex-girlfriend characterized him as abusive. ..“He was very physically abusive, sexually abusive towards her. She had a stack of ‘I’m sorry’ cards from over a year, so it was really a classic abuse partner type deal,” said Linda Loffick. She added that Jones was “always on drugs.”..Authorities in seven states are looking at Jones as a possible suspect in a string of unsolved killings..


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