Murder charges were filed against a husband accused of killing his wife and abusing her corpse, Murfreesboro Police reported Tuesday.
Husband William M. Jones, 34, of Gateland Drive was charged Monday night with first-degree premeditated murder of wife Lashawn Anna Jones, 23, after an investigation by Detective Ava Radley.
Radley also charged Jones with abuse of a corpse.
Sheriff’s detectives recovered a body Sunday afternoon off Old Nashville Highway. Cause of death has not been released. Police spokesman Kyle Evans said Jones reported his wife missing Oct. 5. “Investigators believe dental records will confirm that the remains found off Old Nashville Highway Sunday afternoon are those of Lashawn Jones,” Evans reported.
“According to the arrest report, an interview with Mr. Jones led detectives to believe he had murdered Lashawn Jones and disposed of her body,” Evans reported.
William Jones, left, was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. A hearing is pending in General Sessions Court. The husband came to the police department the afternoon of Oct. 5 to reported his wife had not been seen all day.
Officer Palmer Gibbs reported he last saw her Oct. 4.
When he woke up to go to work, she was missing. William Jones told Gibbs this was not the first time his wife disappeared. The husband reported his wife found out about some medical problems and acted differently. She left her purse, cell phone and other personal belongings at the home. Her autopsy is pending.