Beaumont wife indicted for murder of husband

BEAUMONT - An employee of the Texas Ninth District Court of Appeals has been indicted for the April 2016 murder of her husband.

Charlsie Rebecca Jones, 58, who works as a secretary at the court, was indicted on Wednesday according to a release from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

Beaumont Police officers responded to a home in the 600 block of 22nd Street in Beaumont just before 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016, after Jones called 911 and reported that her husband, Lee Matthew Jones 60, had been shot according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jones told 911 dispatchers that her husband had been shot but would give no other info on the phone the affidavit said.

Officers found that no one but the married couple was home at the time of the shooting and that there were no signs of forced entry to the home or of any struggle or damage in the bedroom where Mr. Jones' body was found according to the affidavit.

Mrs. Jones, who told officers that she did not know how her husband had been shot, also had no obvious visible injuries or defense wounds and never claimed to be in danger the affidavit said.

Officers on the scene noted that the man's wounds did not show evidence of being self-inflicted and that the placement of the gun on the bed showed that he could not have shot himself according to the affidavit.

They also noted that body appeared to have been "staged" post-mortem and that there were signs that Mr. Jones had been dead for some time.

Officers learned from a family member that the couple argued often and had a dispute earlier the same day.

Mrs. Jones did not appear to be distraught at the scene and was evasive about what had taken place in the home according to the affidavit.

After she was taken to the police station and read her Miranda rights she refused to speak with police.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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