Person Of Interest In Nursing Student's Murder In Court
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. - The man considered a person of interest the murder of a young Tullahoma nursing student made his first appearance in court Monday.
37-year-old Donnie Frank Jones appeared in court on Monday on a weapons charge unrelated to the murder case of Megan Sharpton. The judge appointed the public defender, and Jones asked for a fast and speedy trial.
Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller called Jones a suspect in the murder of 24-year-old Megan Sharpton. Sharpton's burned body was found on the side of the road in Franklin County in July. 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.
"I feel a lot better for our community that he's not out on the street. Girls are safer without him wandering freely," 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.
Jones' bond was set at $500,000, and while that may seem excessive, investigators said he has a history of escaping from jail.
He was scheduled to be back in court Friday for the weapons charge.