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Audio recording reveals admission of guilt in throat slashing case

Updated: Friday, August 1 2014, 12:52 PM EDT
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Judy Jones, a Dillonvale woman accused of slashing her husband's throat while he was asleep and later saying she did it while dreaming of filleting a fish, appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing where she has been charged with attempted murder and two counts felony assault.
Jones, who admitted to the crime during a police interrogation, said accusations of infidelity and jealousy in the marriage drove her to the act of violence.
During that interrogation, Jones detailed a troubled marriage, saying in the last 2 years things had gotten rocky. Her husband accused her of having an affair.
On the evening of July 26, in the bedroom of their Dillonvale home. …
“He told me to go to sleep and everything,” Jones said. “I dunno, I just snapped. He acted like he didn't want me.”
Also, Jones told investigators what she did with the knife just moments after slitting her husband’s throat.
"It was a knife with a smooth blade approximately 8-to-12 inches long,” explained Detective John Parker of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones said she doesn't recall if the knife was already in the bedroom or if she had gone to get it.
“I just reached over and went across his throat,” she said. “I didn't know if I cut him or not. He woke up and said I cut him.”
And after that …
“I just went downstairs and washed off and put it back in the butcher block and went and sat down,” Jones said.
When asked if she was sorry for what she did, Jones replied: “I am cause of my daughter, but otherwise I'm not that sorry about it."
The prosecution noted that Jones spoke “calmly and callously” about the whole ordeal. She showed no real emotion until she heard her own words from that night. At that point, she started to cry.
“Mrs. Jones stated the she did not consciously intend to kill her husband,” Defense Attorney Bernie Battistel said. “There has been no testimony that on July 26, 2014 that she purposely or knowingly attempted to commit murder.”
Ultimately the judge agreed with the prosecution and found probable cause on all three charges. The case will now go before the Jefferson County Grand Jury. In the meantime, Jones will remain behind bars on a $500,000 bond.

Audio recording reveals admission of guilt in throat slashing case

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