Death sought in quadruple slayings

Jan. 25, 2005 at 1:02 PM
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CALHOUN, Ga., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Calhoun, Ga., will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing four members of his former girlfriend's family.

Jerry William Jones is also charged with abducting three of her children in the incident nearly nine months ago. Before he was captured and after the children escaped, Jones apparently tried to commit suicide and the gunshot disfigured his face.

In a hearing Monday, Gordon County District attorney Joseph Campbell said Jones should be executed because the circumstances of the crime fit the state's guidelines for the death penalty, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Jones is charged with killing Nola and Tom Blaylock, their daughter Georgia Bradley, 34, and his 10-month-old daughter Harley. The Blaylocks were the parents of Melissa Peeler, who had dated Jones for six years and had three children with him.

After the slayings, Jones allegedly kidnapped Peeler's three other children ages 3 through 10. He wrecked his car in East Ridge, Tenn., and the three children fled.

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