UPDATE | Man accused of burning wife back in Richmond County

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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Ronnie Lee Jones (WRDW-TV)

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- The man accused of setting his wife on fire is back in Richmond County.

Ronnie Lee Jones was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday. He was arrested in Aiken County Sunday night.

Jones, 30, is facing aggravated assault in Richmond County.

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW) -- The man accused of setting his wife on fire last week was arrested in Aiken County overnight.

Aiken County Deputies arrested Ronnie Lee Jones last night. Right now, he is on hold for Richmond County.

On Sunday, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Jones was on Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta. They found him around 8:30pm and was taken into custody without incident.

On Friday, News 12 spoke with Ronnie Jones' father. His father was hoping he'd do the right thing and turn himself in. Deputies had been looking for Ronnie Lee Jones since early Friday morning. Ronnie McGruder tells News 12 the couple fights so much he's asked them several times to just split up.

Running a business keeps Ronnie McGruder on the phone constantly, but the call he got Friday morning wasn't for work.

"Really I had not idea cause the police woke me up Friday morning and wanted me at my place of business. For what? I didn't know," he told News 12.

Richmond County deputies say McGruder's son poured gasoline on his wife and then lit her on fire

"They get together, they have a good time and next thing you know they are arguing, fussing, and fighting," McGruder said about the couple.

Ronnie Lee Jones was released Thursday from the Aiken County Jail. He was charged with burglary in July and a few days later booked again for 3rd degree assault and battery in North Augusta.

North Augusta Public Safety can't confirm Jones' wife is the victim for those charges. If she was though they say it's policy for the detention center to let victims know when suspects are released. They even ask if victims want to be notified on the intake sheets victims sign.

The seat where deputies say the woman was burned is still in front of the business. A horrible reminder McGruder would rather not see and a reminder of the constant conflict.

"Both of them did the same thing everyday," he told News 12.

McGruder says he asked his son to leave the marriage, but he never figured it would lead to this and he wants his son to know this.

"If he did it turn yourself in, admit it, and get it over with. Don't be a coward and keep running back and forth. Just be a man. Stand up to it and get it over with," he said.

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