Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Years Later, Arrest in Woman's Strangulation; Police Say Handyman Killed 71-Year-Old; Found Jewelry Seen as Evidence

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Years Later, Arrest in Woman's Strangulation; Police Say Handyman Killed 71-Year-Old; Found Jewelry Seen as Evidence

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Byline: Dana Treen

The last person believed to have seen Marilyn Alu alive before her body was found in a bedroom in September 2013 has been booked into the Duval County jail and charged with murder.

Police have accused Marvin Calvin Jones, 50, with strangling the 71-year-old Alu and leaving her in the master bedroom of her ransacked home, where she was found by her daughter a day after being unable to reach her by phone.

Jones had been working at her house the week she was killed, and a female companion of his was later convicted of pawning jewelry stolen from the house the day after Alu was found.

Jones was hired by Alu to do work on a deck, cabinets and some painting, Lt. Steve Gallaher said. He said some of the several pieces of expensive jewelry missing from the house were pawned by Jones.

Alu's son-in-law Jeffrey Greene said detectives told the family Wednesday that Jones was transferred to Duval County and would be charged with her slaying. He said police have been supportive as the case evolved, keeping the family in the loop as events moved forward.

Now, he said, the case will move to the next phase.

"There is a certain relief to know that this is now started," he said Thursday.

Jones has been charged with murder, burglary, dealing in stolen property and grand theft, Gallaher said. He was booked into the Duval jail just before 9 p.m. Wednesday after serving a sentence in state prison, where he was sent in April on convictions of domestic battery and written threats involving his now ex-wife.

In that 2012 case, he was charged with battering Sarah Jones, choking her until she passed out.

The day after Alu's jewelry was pawned, Marvin Jones' companion, Constance Marie Messina, moved out of her Jacksonville apartment.

She and Jones fled to Clewiston in South Florida, where Jones has family and where detectives later found more of Alu's jewelry in a bedroom the two used before fleeing again. …

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