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Update: Sheriff says children of Vancleave woman did not see slaying

Elizabeth Corene Jones
Elizabeth Corene Jones

A woman killed at her Vancleave home Saturday night was a mother whose children were home but did not witness her slaying, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell confirmed.

Elizabeth Corene Jones, 30, was dead when deputies and Acadian Ambulance personnel responded to a 911 call about 6 p.m. Saturday from a home in the 13400 block of Ridgeland Road, Ezell said.

The man police suspect in her slaying, Brandon Colby Smith, was scheduled for an initial court appearance on a murder charge Monday afternoon.

Jones was living with her boyfriend, children and several other people at the home on Ridgeland, Ezell said.

“It’s just a sad thing,” he said.

No details have been released on a possible motive or the manner of Jones’ death. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, Ezell said.

Smith, 32, of Moss Point has been held with no bond since his arrest Sunday.

Jones was the mother of four children ages 18 months to 13 years, said Jessica Ryals, who helps maintain the Vancleave High School Alumni Memorial Page.

Jones had “a great personality” and was loved very much by her family and friends, Ryals said.

She was a 2004 graduate of Vancleave High, Ryals said.

Gautier police arrested Smith early Sunday morning on charges of public drunk and possession of paraphernalia. Sheriff’s investigators questioned Smith and arrested him on a murder charge. Smith was being held at the Jackson County jail.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge T. Larry Wilson set a bond of $250,000.

“It was good police work by Gautier that helped lead to this arrest,” Ezell said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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