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Death Row Inmate Dies
Mobile Register ^ | September 3, 2006 | Connie Baggett

Posted on 09/03/2006 6:34:50 PM PDT by Graybeard58

ATMORE — A Monroeville man awaiting execution for the 2004 bludgeoning of his parents, Nancy and Dr. Tim Jones, took his own life on Holman Prison’s death row Saturday, according to several officials.

Monroe County District Attorney Tommy Chapman said prison officials contacted him late Saturday to report that Timothy Jason Jones, 31, died late Saturday after slashing himself with a blade. Calls to Holman Prison were referred to Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett, but were not returned Sunday. Officials in Monroe County and Escambia County confirmed they had been notified of Jason Jones’ death, but no further details were available.

“It is fitting with his character to take the coward’s way out,” said Chapman. “I feel for the family members of Tim and Nancy Jones who did all they could to help Jason all his life, and they will never be able to heal the hurt he left behind. I guess in his mind, this was his way of winning. In reality, everyone lost.”

Jason Jones was arrested after co-workers reported Dr. Tim Jones was late to work on Jan. 29, 2004. Neighbors and police who arrived at the Jones home found a horrific scene. Tim Jones had been beaten and repeatedly stabbed in the carport of the house and Nancy Jones lay battered beyond recognition in her bed.

Jason Jones was caught later that day driving his mother’s car in north Alabama. He crashed the car after fleeing from police.

Neighbors said the young man had spent years in and out of various rehabilitation clinics for drug addictions. His parents had recently taken a family-owned sports utility vehicle from Jason Jones, refusing to return it when he demanded to use it the night before their deaths. According to trial testimony, police called to the home during the night said he was belligerent and brandishing a knife in the Jones’ yard at one point.

Police took him across town and dropped off at a telephone booth as his parents requested. Later in the night, he returned to the Jones’ home, but his father locked him in a basement room at his grandparents’ home. He later broke out of the vacant home, walked back to his parents’ house and attacked his father as he left for work in the early morning.

Jason Jones then attacked his mother with a weapon he told police he fashioned from pipe and other objects at his grandparents’ house. She was beaten so savagely that parts of her jaw and teeth were found scattered across the room. Jones told police in taped statements he took money from her purse and bought crack cocaine, smoking it in the house before fleeing.

Jones was convicted of capital murder by a Jefferson County jury last year and sentenced to death. In his last statement to the jury, Jones said, “I am a monster. I have no remorse for what I did. I deserve to die.”

Monroe County Sheriff Tom Tate said Sunday he was not surprised by Jason Jones’ apparent suicide. “If a person is intent on killing himself, he will find a way,” Tate said. “He used a piece of metal grating broken from our jail to cut himself in the neck while he was in our custody,” Tate said.

“It won’t change what happened, but his death will bring some things full circle. The murders of Tim and Nancy Jones made up the most atrocious and brutal crime we have seen in our county,” said Tate.

Attorney Katharine Coxwell, one of Nancy Jones’ closest friends, said the news of Jason Jones’ death brought an odd feeling on Sunday.

“The thing about it that to me is especially tragic and sad is this,” Coxwell said. “If he were going to kill himself, he could have done it a long time ago, long before he killed Tim and Nancy. Now there are three people dead, and two did not deserve to be dead. His death will bring an end to part of this, but a lot of the hurt will never be over.”

Coxwell said family members accepted the news with surprise, but there was no rejoicing.

“There is really nothing happy here one way or another,” Coxwell said. “What he did to himself was terrible. What he did to his parents will haunt us all for the rest of our lives.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Alabama
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1 posted on 09/03/2006 6:34:51 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

Good News!!!


2 posted on 09/03/2006 6:35:57 PM PDT by Dallas59 (ISLAMOFASCISM!!!!)
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To: Graybeard58

Perhaps they should provide a 'way out' for all convicts on death row. It'd save the taxpayers a bundle.


3 posted on 09/03/2006 6:38:24 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Yeah, I've got an axe to grind...what else would you use on Leftists?)
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To: Graybeard58
Monroe County District Attorney Tommy Chapman said prison officials contacted him late Saturday to report that Timothy Jason Jones, 31, died late Saturday after slashing himself with a blade.

Coward!

4 posted on 09/03/2006 6:38:27 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Graybeard58

Hooray! The gov't is saved hundreds of thousands of dollars to care for this guy through years of appeals.


5 posted on 09/03/2006 6:44:44 PM PDT by ElCid89 (the corps...the corps...and the corps...)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Perhaps they should provide a 'way out' for all convicts on death row. It'd save the taxpayers a bundle.

I've never understood why they sometimes place such cons on "suicide watch."

6 posted on 09/03/2006 6:47:57 PM PDT by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised)
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To: Graybeard58

Good to see he had the good grace to off himself after a short time and save the State millions.


7 posted on 09/03/2006 6:48:28 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (the war on poverty should include health club memberships for the morbidly poor)
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To: Graybeard58

How terribly distressing </sarcasm>


8 posted on 09/03/2006 6:54:30 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Graybeard58

And the moral is?

Start distributing those blades!


9 posted on 09/03/2006 7:00:52 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Graybeard58
“It is fitting with his character to take the coward’s way out,” said Chapman. “I feel for the family members of Tim and Nancy Jones who did all they could to help Jason all his life, and they will never be able to heal the hurt he left behind. I guess in his mind, this was his way of winning. In reality, everyone lost.”

Stop trying to feel sorry for these reprobates and we'll all feel happy. The fact he offed his parents as well as himself demonstrates he was not only a danger to society, but to himself.

10 posted on 09/03/2006 7:11:57 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Graybeard58
Now could an enterprising lawyer could make a nice chunk of change by getting a surviving family member to sue for wrongful death?
11 posted on 09/03/2006 7:12:59 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: lightman

Really. They should supply the cells with all the rope they need.


12 posted on 09/03/2006 7:14:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I just hope that his self inflicted wounds really, really hurt and that it took him an unusually long time to die.

But that's just me...

L

13 posted on 09/03/2006 7:15:31 PM PDT by Lurker (If you want peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Graybeard58
I would like to appeal the coroners decision!
14 posted on 09/03/2006 7:16:20 PM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: Graybeard58
Aw, shucks....my violin's broken.


15 posted on 09/03/2006 7:21:05 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: samtheman

Isn't it strange that the same people who agitate for the "right" to assisted suicide protest the execution of murderers;now would they assist those murderers in their "right to die"?


16 posted on 09/03/2006 7:22:49 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: Graybeard58
His lawyer is saddened.
He had a career on the public dole!
17 posted on 09/03/2006 7:27:25 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Graybeard58
Death Row Inmate Dies

Yeah.... And?

18 posted on 09/03/2006 7:29:28 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: Graybeard58

IMO all death row cells should come equipped with a suicide kit. Maybe a hook in the ceiling and 6 feet of rope. Guards check each morning and throw out the trash.


19 posted on 09/03/2006 7:36:14 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Graybeard58
Death Row Inmate Dies

Good.

20 posted on 09/03/2006 7:48:17 PM PDT by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know peace.)
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To: Graybeard58

Excellent! Frankly, they ought to give all of them their shoelaces back..


21 posted on 09/03/2006 7:48:29 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout hearts!!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
If I were in charge, they would all be supplied with a prestrung noose and chair. There would be a plaque hung in each cell where a gallows bird offed themselves . . . to inspire the future occupants of the cell to do likewise.

The gallows birds in each adjoining cell would be given a meal of steak and lobster following a dignified farewell service after each incident that is unless they were filing appeals and trying every legal maneuvar to postpone their date with the needle.

22 posted on 09/03/2006 7:49:33 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Do I really need a sarcasm tag?))
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To: Graybeard58

If nothing else, this demonstrates the need for force and authoritarian methods in prison. Jason Jones was on death row, typically locked down 23 hours a day, and was still able to fashion a lethal weapon there.


23 posted on 09/03/2006 7:51:50 PM PDT by sig226 (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who do not.)
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To: Graybeard58

Well..let's hope that some appellate court will overturn his death and return him to life..right..that is how it works..right????


24 posted on 09/03/2006 7:52:37 PM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: Graybeard58

he cheated the hangman.


25 posted on 09/03/2006 9:24:12 PM PDT by King Prout (many complain I am overly literal... this would not be a problem if fewer people were under-precise)
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To: ElCid89
Best part...Tom Dasshole will be deeply saddened as his lecherous wambulance chasing buds miss out on the government handout of free dollars.
26 posted on 09/03/2006 9:46:09 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: Graybeard58

Think of it as a "tax cut". The citizens of that state saved money.


27 posted on 09/03/2006 9:56:58 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Dallas59

Am I supposed to be sad that death came sooner to a murderer on DEATH row ?


28 posted on 09/04/2006 2:19:28 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Graybeard58
Jones told police in taped statements he took money from her purse and bought crack cocaine, smoking it in the house before fleeing.

If only crack were legal! /s

29 posted on 09/04/2006 6:27:56 AM PDT by csvset ("It was like the hand of G_d slapping down and smashing everything." ~ JDAM strikes Taliban)
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If only crack were legal! /s

LOL. Don't you understand, America is a fascist state until I am allowed to hit the pipe uninhibited in my home.

30 posted on 09/04/2006 6:31:50 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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