Man dies at prison
Published 11:09 am Wednesday, September 6, 2006
By By ADAM PRESTRIDGE – for the standard
Timothy Jason Jones died a coward's death, Monroe County District Attorney Tommy Chapman said Tuesday.
Jones, who committed suicide late Saturday night at Holman Correctional Facility, was on death row for the 2004 beating deaths of his parents in Monroeville.
Prison officials contacted Chapman late Saturday to inform him that Jones, 31, had apparently killed himself.
Alabama Department of Corrections public information manager Brian Corbett said even though early reports stated Jones killed himself with a sharp object it is still undetermined what really killed him.
Corbett said Jones was found in his cell at approximately 9:15 p.m. Saturday and immediately rushed to the prison's infirmary where officials tried to resuscitate him to no avail. He was pronounced dead at 10:06 p.m.
Corbett said it is unknown why Jones decided to take his own life.
According to Corbett, the prison was not put on lockdown following Jones' death. He said it was an isolated incident that didn't pose a threat to any other inmates.
According to published reports, Jason Jones' father, Dr. Tim Jones, was found beaten and stabbed to death in the family's carport after co-workers reported him late to work on Jan. 29, 2004. Dr. Jones' wife, Nancy Jones, was found beaten beyond recognition in her bed.
Jason Jones was later found in north Alabama driving his mother's car, which he crashed while fleeing police.
Jones was convicted of capital murder by a Jefferson County jury last year and sentenced to death. According to reports, during his last statement to the jury he referred to himself as a “monster” and stated that he had no remorse for what he did and that he deserved to die.
Although Chapman was informed of Jones' death, he is still puzzled on what really happened Saturday at Holman.
It is a mystery to the Department of Corrections as well. “We would like to know what happened and what weapon was used,” Corbett said. “The case will be investigated internally using our investigation and intelligence department.”
During the investigation, Jones' cell will be photographed and statements will be taken from both correctional officers and prisoners. A report will be compiled at a later date.
Corbett said he has no reason to believe Jones would kill himself because he was on death row. He said no current inmate on death row at Holman has an execution date scheduled. “The Alabama Department of Corrections is not a part of that process,” Corbett said. “It's a legal issue.”