Testimony Continues in Double Murder Trial

A Monroeville man on trial in the slayings of his parents in an argument over a family vehicle told his girlfriend the victims were better off in Heaven.

Timothy Jason Jones is charged with capital murder of his parents. On January 29, 2004, Jones allegedly beat and stabbed Dr. Tim Jones and Nancy Stewart Lazenby Jones to death at their home in Monroe County.

Jurors heard a tape recording of a telephone call between Jones and girlfriend Alison Burns the day after the murders. At the time of the call, Jones was in custody. He never denied his part in the killings when Burns asked why. He told her he couldn't see them hurt no more and he knew his parents would be in heaven and so much better there.

Burns said Jones' mother had picked her son up from Muscle Shoals two days before her death after he called saying he wanted to go back into drug rehabilitation. The district attorney says the attack happened when Jones wanted to use a family-owned sport utility vehicle, but his parents wouldn't allow it. Jones' attorney contends his client is mentally ill and incapable of planning such a crime.

Jones has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.