http://www.seattlepi.com/local/artic...im-3435371.phpA 27-year-old accused of killing and dismembering a man at his family’s Tacoma home has been charged with first-degree murder.
Due to be arraigned Monday in Pierce County Superior Court, John Jones, Jr., is accused of strangling 54-year-old Wayne Williams and then spending several hours cutting apart the other man.
Tacoma police were called to Jones’ home Wednesday after his mother discovered the dismembered man, according to a statement from Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.
Officers arrived at the residence, located in the 2300 block of Tacoma Avenue South, to find Williams’ remains packed in several bags. Investigators believe Jones intended to dispose of the body.
Medical examiners determined Williams suffered numerous defensive puncture wounds to a hand and head, and that he was strangled. The victim’s legs and his head had been severed after he was dead, likely with a hand saw recovered in the bedroom.
Police contend Jones killed Williams in his room on March 18 or March 19. The dismembered body was left in the room until Wednesday, when Jones’ mother noticed the smell.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/crim...red-saw/nLc2z/Jones’ mother, who lives in the home with Jones, his younger brother and his uncle, told officers she noticed a foul odor that morning.
A news release from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office said that Jones’ mother entered Jones’ bedroom and discovered a body lying on the floor on top of a mattress. The head and the legs were in separate bags, presumably for disposal, police said.
Investigators questioned Jones, who told them he and Williams used drugs together, but claimed he didn’t know how he died and that Williams owed money to people, prosecutors said.
Initially, Jones attempted to blame local gangs, including the Bloods and the Crips, for the killing, but no evidence supported this, the news release said.
Prosecutors said Jones’ efforts to dismember Williams’ body with a hand saw took place over several hours, at least. Shoes and socks were still on the severed legs, they said.
Police said they determined the slaying occurred in Jones’ room on Mar. 18 or 19. Authorities said Jones was the only person in the home who accessed his bedroom during that time frame.
Police said Jones suggested that he could have been asleep in the bedroom while Williams was killed and dismembered. He slept on a couch in the living room Tuesday night, rather than in his bedroom with the dismembered body, prosecutors said.
http://mynorthwest.com/11/651634/Pol...ed-dismemberedJones' mother was the one who found the body, which had been placed under a makeshift tent in Jones' room. When she notified police, Jones denied knowledge of the crime.
"Police find it suspicious when there's a dead body in your bedroom, and the body has been disremembered, and you claim not to know what happened," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.