Bond Hearing For Man Arrested In Connection With Murder
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – A man described by authorities as a suspect in the murder of nursing student Megan Sharpton is expected to appear in court Monday for a bond hearing for charges unrelated to the case.
Donnie Jones was arrested last week on unrelated weapons charges.
Jones lives with his wife and five children in Tullahoma. Franklin County Detectives searched the home of 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.
Sharpton's mother told NewsChannel 5 that Jones has ties to Megan Sharpton through his wife. She said her daughter and Naomi Jones carpooled from Tullahoma to nursing school in Murfreesboro.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said he's hopeful charges will be filed soon in the Sharpton case.
The 24-year-old nursing student's partially burned body was found July 2 at the Awalt Bridge in Franklin County. 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.
Sharpton's family said in September that they feared for their safety after a "person of interest" in the case threatened a family member at a Tullahoma High School football game. A few days later, the family said someone fire rounds at a realtor's sign in the front yard of a relative. No one was hurt.