Jury's Guilty Verdict Follows Belief That Jones Cash Poor

by George Waldon  on Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 12:00 am  

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Testimony revealed that Jones had a $400,000 line of credit with Summit Bank of Arkadelphia. Jones used $300,000 to buy a certificate of deposit, which he pledged as security for the line of credit. According to testimony, Jones had tapped the $100,000 balance by February 2008, three months before the fire.

Some of his close relatives shook their heads in disbelief at the couple's claim they didn't have money problems and therefore had no motive.

"Don't ask me what I think about all this," one said. "If he has all this net worth, why was he asking to borrow money from his family after the fire? That doesn't make sense."

Another blood relative who wants to believe Jones' story spoke of troubled sleep in the months after the fire, of being awakened in the middle of the night haunted by a voice of nagging doubt: "What if? What if?"

What if Jones, an Eagle Scout and former city court judge in Saline County, did it?

The jury believed he did.

Or what if Jones is wrongfully convicted?

His family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unknown intruders who Jones said set the blaze.



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