Calhoun Times

Jones gets life without parole for wife’s murder

The sentence also carries additional 130 year and 24 month sentences.

- From staff reports

A Calhoun man has been sentenced in the shooting death of his wife.

Dwight Juliuse Jones was found guilty in September on 23 counts related to the 2019 shooting death of his wife Krystal.

In Gordon County Superior Court Thursday, Jones was sentenced to life without parole plus 130 years with an additional 24 months, minus time already served prior to sentencing.

Jones was arrested by Gordon County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Krystal Jones, on Sept. 12, 2019, and had previously been arrested in a domestic violence situation and was wanted in relation to an event that occurred hours before, according to reports acquired by the Calhoun Times.

According to GSCO records, Dwight Jones, 39, of 558 Mt. Zion Road, Resaca, was arrested by the Gordon County

Sheriff’s Office and charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcemen­t, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and violation of bond after the incident last week that included a brief shootout with police.

He had also been arrested on Sept. 2, 2019, and charged with criminal trespass, and according to reports, he was wanted again for criminal damage to a vehicle and potential domestic violence from an incident on Sept. 11, 2019.

Just after midnight on Sept. 12, 2019, the day of the shooting, four deputies were sent to the residence after a third party called 911 saying they heard a woman screaming, “He’s going to kill me.”

Reports said a deputy approached the rear of the residence and found a Dodge Durango with the door open and the sliding glass door of the home open too. He heard a woman’s screams and entered the residence, and then Krystal Jones ran from a bedroom covered in blood as Dwight Jones exited the bedroom and began firing shots.

The deputy returned fire with an M4 as Dwight Jones returned to the bedroom. The deputy then took cover until the shots stopped and retreated back outside.

The deputy found Krystal Jones on the ground with a gunshot wound to her forehead, conscious and responsive but unable to get up and move, so the officer pulled her further away from the home to a safer location. She died from the injuries.

Eventually law enforcemen­t officials talked Dwight Jones into surrenderi­ng.

Jones was shot during the interactio­n, but he was treated and released before being taken to jail. It also said Krystal Jones had been shot multiple times.

In addition to felony murder, Jones was also found guilty of malice murder, false imprisonme­nt, four counts of aggravated assault, first degree cruelty to children, aggravated stalking, aggravated battery, six counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, criminal damage to property, harassing communicat­ions, simple assault, aggravated battery, and criminal trespass.

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