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Sister says brother shot dead at church

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NEWTON COUNTY -  A Newton County pastor is in jail awaiting bond after family members say he shot and killed his nephew outside his church.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed Luther Jones is in jail on a murder charge, but would not release further details.

The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Belgrade Baptist Church in the 4400 of FM 1416 near Kirbybille in Newton County.

Juanita Jones, the victim's sister, told 12News that Curtis Paul Jones, 34, of Bon Wier, was shot at least three times as he arrived at the church.

Many in the community surrounding the church know both the pastor and his nephew.

"It just don't make sense. Because they are both good people. For real, they're both real good people," James Hanks, a friend of the family said Sunday.

Family members of the Jones' said Curtis had recently been released from prison and that there had been a feud going on long before the shooting. They also said Curtis was going to church to get his life back on track.

A motive for the shooting has not been released by officials.

An autopsy has been ordered.

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