81-year-old pleads guilty in Elmore Co. murder

Paul Jones
Paul Jones

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WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Paul Jones, 81, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder in an Elmore County courtroom. Jones is the man who sparked public outrage after authorities allowed him to post bond so he could be admitted to a Virginia hospital for medical treatment.

The convict was then spotted on security cameras gambling at a Mississippi casino a short time later. It turns out Jones wasn't in Virginia for treatment. He'd been living in the Auburn area. An Elmore County judge then revoked Jones' bond and sent him back to jail.

Jones and several neighbors got into an argument in May of 2009 over a wooden fence, a long standing dispute from all accounts. Jones apparently opened fire on Gerald and Linda Ingram, injuring the two. Witnesses said Frank Barrett, 85, attempted to intervene in the argument. Jones reportedly walked over to Barrett's home and shot him point blank in his doorway, killing the man.

Jones was charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty to murder. A sentencing date is set for September 16. District Attorney Randall Houston is pushing for a 20 year sentence.

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