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Poplar Bluff Police Investigate Deaths

Poplar Bluff Police Investigate Deaths
By: CJ Cassidy

Poplar Bluff, MO - Police now know why a Poplar Bluff man shot his wife, before pulling the trigger on himself.

Investigators say the answers were written in black and white on a suicide note found at the scene.

A family member found 32-year-old Yolanda Jones' body inside a car outside her home on Henderson Street and called for help.

Police discovered 37-year-old Gary Jones inside the home, with a handgun next to him.

Police say the letter clearly explains Gary Jones' reasoning.

Investigators say Jones didn't want his wife to become involved with drugs. He also didn't want to lose her to anyone else.

But, family members I talked with say the tragedy stems from something that happened eight years ago.

Everyone who knew the Gary and Yolanda Jones well also knew they were on the verge of a break-up.

"The information we're getting indicates that she seemed to be slipping into drug culture he was not receptive to that, and he was trying to keep that from happening," Poplar Bluff Assistant Chief Gary Pride says.

But there's something most people don't know; a deep, dark secret involving Gary Jones's brother, Larry.

Jones' mother, Ida Brown says she holds her older son, Larry, accountable. She feels Gary imitated his brother.

Larry killed his wife and two children eight years ago, then tried to use Gary as an alibi.

"He saw the bodies. His brother came and got him. They were lying in bed together cut from ear to ear he hasn't been too good since," Brown says.

Larry Jones sits on death row in an Arkansas prison.

The tears that now flow freely however, are for a young couple, who's lives came to a bloody and tragic end this weekend.

"I can't understand why it happened why he had to kill her then kill himself," Gary's sister Beverly says.

"I'm real angry at him.. He knew better than that he should have gotten on a bus got out of here. They would both be alive," Brown says.

Brown says she broke the news to Yolanda's family; she felt it was her responsibility because her son pulled the trigger.

Police believe Gary Jones started planning to kill his wife a few days ago. they've not determined where he got the gun.

Investigators also hope the letter Jones wrote to his family will help bring them some closure. They plan on giving it to them soon.

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