Elderly woman accused of killing husband, son on separate days

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT)- Startling developments in a Chesterfield double murder of an elderly man and his son.

70 year old Estelle Jones is accused of shooting them both but on separate days.

She's the wife and mother of the two victims.

The prosecutor will not discuss what Estelle Jones said during her police interview.

She's the one who called 911.

Her neighbor, who happens to be her cousin, is in shock.

The last time the two spoke was Monday.  They talked about church and that Jones was doing okay.

Hazel Brown looks across the street at her cousin's house with sadness in her eyes.

"My neighbor gone my cousin gone she in jail it just puts tears in your eyes," said Brown.

It was just the night before, police swarmed the home on River Road.

Her cousin, 70 year old Estelle Jones, is a double murder suspect.

"She was a nice person you never heard anything from her," said Brown.

We heard very little from her in court Friday.

A  soft spoken Jones appeared frail as she walked in the room in handcuffs and shackles around her ankles.

"She's an elderly woman and you can tell some of the years have been difficult on her," said prosecutor Duncan Minton.

Jones is accused of using a handgun to shoot her husband, Joseph Jones, a church deacon, Wednesday.

The next day she allegedly killed her 51 year old son, Perry Jones.

Minton said Perry Jones was developmentally disabled, deaf and needed round the clock care.

"No indication of any trouble at the house," said Minton.

Which is the first thing Minton said they look for in building a case.

"More times than not we find out there were prior calls to the house it doesn't seem to be the case," said Minton.
Family described the couple as having a loving marriage that spanned 50 years.

Perry Jones was the oldest of three sons.

"She really loves that boy she really loves that boy because she didn't go nowhere he was right there by her side," said Brown.
As far as motive: neither Minton nor the police will say at this point.

Minton is waiting for autopsy results as the shocking case moves forward.

"It seems to be very tragic case I can't imagine a much more tragic circumstance.

Estelle Jones was appointed an attorney.

She's being held without bond in the Chesterfield County jail.

She'll be back in court in July.

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