MARION COUNTY, Fla. — A Marion County husband has been charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Casei Jones, but he has not been charged for the deaths of her four children, whom authorities say he killed.
- Michael Wayne Jones Jr. is facing second-degree murder
- He has not been charged for the deaths of four children
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Michael Wayne Jones Jr. is accused of killing Casei Jones and her four children inside their Summerfield home.
Jones Jr. is being charged with second-degree murder of his wife, but authorities say they expect more charges to follow.
As for the deaths of the four children, two of which were Jones Jr's, the state attorney is waiting for the autopsy results to come back to see how exactly those killings were committed.
The children were: Cameron, 10, Preston, 5, Mercallie, 2, and Aiyana, 1.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office officials believe the murders of Jones and the four children happened inside their Summerfield mobile home at the end of August or early September.
He is also facing three other charges:
- Driving while license is suspended or revoked
- Failure to maintain lane
- Fugitive from justice
Jones' and her children's deaths were discovered after Jones Jr. was involved in a car crash in Georgia over the weekend, where he told investigators at the scene he had a dead body in his car with him. He later led them to the bodies, which were found in a wooded area of Charlton County, Georgia.
Deputies also believe that Jones Jr. stored the dead bodies at their Summerfield home before putting them in his van and drove north to Georgia.
He was brought back to Florida and booked into the Marion County Jail Wednesday.
Neighbors said they saw Jones's husband moving stuff out of their home a day before Hurricane Dorian swept up Florida's east coast.
"It was around 2:30 a.m., and my husband noticed that the man, he had black trash bags, and they was tied up and he was loading them in his truck. (It was) very disturbing, and especially knowing we have our own kids and it's close to home," Katrina Sesler said.
Sharon Crider lives down the road from the family's home and said, “We used to hear arguing all the time, but that's just a couple, a married couple."
Deputies say they have never been called to the home for any domestic violence issue.
Sheriff Billy Woods of Marion County is now doing all he can to find out what exactly happened.
"Ensuring that we put every piece of that puzzle together. May not know why but we will do our damnedest to find out how it was done," he said.