Victim’s Mother Speaks After Arrest Made In Tullahoma Murder
TULLAHOMA, Tenn.- The mother of a Tullahoma nursing student who was murdered has spoken out now that an arrest has been made in her daughter's case.
On Thursday, Franklin County Officials arrested 38-year-old Donnie Jones in connection with Megan Sharpton's murder. Jones was not charged with murder however, but with felon in possession of firearms.
Sharpton's burned body was found on the side of the road in Franklin County in July 2012. Her car was found later the same day about 20 miles away. Her death was ruled a homicide and detectives said preliminary reports indicated that Sharpton died of blunt force trauma.
Police said Jones is a suspect in the murder of Megan Sharpton. Megan's mother, Kelly, said that she believes police have the man responsible for her daughter's death.
"I'm 100 percent convinced that this is the right person," she said.
Sharpton said she was not allowed to talk about the evidence in the case, but that her daughter and Jones' wife, Naomi, attended nursing school together. The two carpooled to nursing school in Murfreesboro from Tullahoma.
Franklin County Detectives searched the home of Donnie Jones on Thursday, and found him to be in possession of several firearms. Officials said during the search they also found items of interest that could be connected to the Sharpton case.
"He's a suspect. We feel relieved that he's incarcerated at this point because of the potential for other bad things to happen," said Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller.
The sheriff said he's hopeful charges will be filed soon in the Sharpton case.
Megan's mother said she plans to be at every court hearing even if right now the charge is not murder
"From here out it's out of my hands. Justice is not mine to deliver. It will happen as it happens and I trust the system will work as it should, but I will be there I'm Megan's voice now," said Kelly.
Megan Sharpton would have been 25 years old in October. Her family is planning a celebration of her life on her birthday. They plan to have a special garden designed just for her where they will bury her ashes.
Donnie Jones was scheduled to appear in court Monday, October 1, in Manchester to face the weapons charges.