Murder Suspect Surrenders in Florida

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

Jimmy Jones Junior has turned himself in. He is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend, Latoya Singleton, in Augusta early Saturday morning.

This is the case of the young mother, killed while she was holding the couple’s 8 month old daughter.
Monday afternoon, the father of that child, and the only suspect in the case, turned himself in.

The man Richmond County investigators call a cold blooded killer is finally off the streets.

Jimmy Lee Jones Junior turned himself in to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Deputies believe he drove the eight hours to St. Petersburg in a stolen truck to visit his father.

Once there, St. Petersburg police say he walked to the counter and said he was wanted for homicide.

Jones is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Latoya Singleton, while she held the couple's eight month old baby in her arms

Sergeant Richard Roundtree with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said, “We know this person's potential for violence. This is a very brutal crime he shot this person with no agitation at all. He cold blooded murdered an individual in front of their infant child and left a person there for dead.”

The shooting happened early Saturday morning at Singleton's South Augusta home.

Officers responded to a panic call around 3:30 in the morning, but it was too late.

Little Antonasia was found beside her mother's lifeless body. She was not injured.

Three elderly people Latoya cared for were also in the home at the time of the crime, and they were not hurt.

Singleton died of a single gunshot wound to her head, and now her family has a message for Jones.

“You took my cousin and it's a shame. You need to be under the jail and never come out again,” said Tawanna Singleton.

There's also a history of domestic violence here. Jones was just released from jail in 2002.after serving 4 years for aggravated assault on another woman in Burke County.

He is being held at the St. Petersburg police department until Richmond County investigators can pick him up.

Police also say Jones made a phone call from the crime scene, telling his own mother what he had done.

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  • by Glad I got away when I did... Location: Safe on Dec 27, 2007 at 04:47 AM
    I am very sorry to the family for the loss of such a young women. I was once scared & afraid of Jimmy because of his violent tendencies. I had to run away to get away. I hope others can please learn that when it comes to violent men, there is no choice but to leave.
  • by keke Location: augusta on Apr 22, 2007 at 10:25 AM
  • by very hurt and sad Location: Augusta on Apr 18, 2007 at 01:25 PM
    My best friend is gone and it is a horrible pain. Latoya is a beautiful young lady who did not deserve this. I miss her so much and I know that justice for her will be implemented. If you are reading this and you are being abused by someone who says that they love you PLEASE get help and tell someone.
  • by Cassandra Location: Augusta, Georgia on Apr 17, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    Tawanna I'm so Sorry to hear of this Tragic news... My Heart goes out 2 you and your family.
  • by sandra scott on Apr 17, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    I am so sorry to hear your lose. The singlton's are part of my family. My nephue Brandon Alvin Scott is his cousin. I hope that the child is okay.And God may Bless us all.
  • by Lee Location: Avera on Apr 17, 2007 at 12:01 PM
    This man has taken this baby mother and father away from her. He should never be able to return to society. What is this man going to tell his daughter about her mother and what he did to her. My prayers goes out to the baby and her mothers family.
  • by Jennifer Location: somewhere in Georgia on Apr 17, 2007 at 11:10 AM
    This is so awful. Everyday, you hear some of the most awful things going on in our country. When will the justice system ever change?????????? If the justice system would make some changes and get stricter on punishments, I believe crime would slow down. Why let a person plead out or get to live in jails/prisons off of our tax money? This is not fair!!! The system HAS got to change. If not, these sick people will continue to destroy families.
  • by Lisa Location: Augusta on Apr 17, 2007 at 04:38 AM
    It is a shame that this young life was lost and now a child is without a mother. Mr. Jones should never again see the light of day. However, young girls today have no morals. They persist in living in sin and having children out of wedlock. God sees this.
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