80-year-old Wetumpka murder suspect back in jail

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

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AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - An 80-year-old man who was released from jail on a $25,000 bond after being accused of killing a Wetumpka man is headed back to jail.

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin recommended in November, 2009 that Paul Jones have a chance to make the bail. As a part of the deal Jones' son was to take him away immediately to be admitted to a V-A hospital in Arlington, Virginia because he'd been diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm.

Now, WSFA 12 News has learned that Jones has violated his bond conditions and is headed back to Wetumpka. The Elmore County District Attorney's office said it just learned that the capital murder suspect left the state of Virginia and had been living in Auburn since early December. He wasn't even in the custody of his children.

The DA's office said it didn't know exactly why Jones was living in Auburn, but they do know he didn't stay there. He's also now accused of taking a 25-hour trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, for a gambling spree.

Jone's attorney declined to comment, saying he hadn't had a chance to talk to his client about the matter.

The victims' families are said to be quite upset. WSFA 12 News received an email from Michelle Mattocks, granddaughter of murder victim Frank Barrett, 85. She wrote, "We the family are grateful that Mr. Jones is again in police custody and would hope that the Elmore County Police Department does a better job in the future of verifying prisoner's medical conditions before releasing them back into the public."

Jones reportedly opened fire on his neighbors, Gerald and Linda Ingram in May of 2009 over a property dispute. Right after shooting the Ingrams, Jones reportedly walked over to Barrett's home and shot him point blank in his doorway as the man attempted to call 911.

A bond revocation hearing is set for March 31, 2010. Jones will be held without bond.

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