Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homicide Case Still Open; 5 Held

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Homicide Case Still Open; 5 Held

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The investigation into a reputed killing-for-hire scheme, which

police think was masterminded by the wife of a Lake Asbury man

beaten to death in the couple's home last year, was continuing

Monday even though five people have been arrested in the case.

Linda T. Jones, an Orange Park couple and two Orange Park

brothers were arrested Saturday on charges of killing Jack

Edward Jones, 48, on Nov. 4.

But Sheriff Scott Lancaster said Monday that he wasn't ready to

close the books on the case just yet.

"The investigation is continuing," he said, declining to say

who else might be targets of the investigation, or whether

additional arrests are anticipated.

The investigation began the night of Nov. 4 when Jack Jones,

former service manager at Key Buick on Southside Boulevard in

Jacksonville, was found bludgeoned to death in his Lake Asbury

Drive home.

Both the victim and his wife, 49, had been tied up with duct

tape. But Linda Jones told investigators that she managed to

free herself and telephone police.

A key bit of physical evidence -- a fingerprint -- was obtained

that night on a piece of the tape used to tie Linda Jones.

Lancaster said the print was identified as belonging to Brian

O. McWhite, 21, of Railroad Avenue in Orange Park.

McWhite was the first suspect arrested at 5:30 a.m. Saturday,

followed by the arrest of his brother Patrick B. McWhite, 18,

about 6:30 that evening.

About 9:30 Saturday night, Lancaster said, officers arrested

Linda Jones at her home and arrested Donald Lee Bradley and

Valerie Helen Bradley at their home on Cameron Drive in Orange

Park.

Jones and Donald Bradley, 36, were charged with murder and

conspiracy to commit murder; the McWhite brothers were both

charged with murder; and Valerie Bradley, 25, was charged with

being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Valerie Bradley was being held in county jail in lieu of

$250,000 bond. The others were being held without bond. The

defendants will be arraigned on the charges Oct. 4.

Lancaster said a lengthy investigation conducted primarily by

two detectives, Tom Waugh and Jim Redmon, led to the arrests. …

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