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Bond Lowered For Person Of Interest In Woman's Murder

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. – Bond has been lowered for a person of interest in the death of a Tullahoma nursing student on an unrelated weapons charge.

A judge lowered Donnie Jones' bond from $500,000 to $100,000 in a bond hearing on Friday.

On Monday, the judge appointed him a public defender, and Jones asked for a fast and speedy trial.

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller has called Jones a suspect in the murder of 24-year-old Megan Sharpton. However, he has not been charged in connection with the case.

Jones was arrested two weeks ago after a search of his home 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 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.

Sharpton's mother told NewsChannel 5 that her daughter and Jones' wife, Naomi, attended nursing school together. The two carpooled to nursing school in Murfreesboro from Tullahoma.

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