Poplar Bluff Police Investigate Deaths

Poplar Bluff Police Investigate Deaths
By: CJ Cassidy

Poplar Bluff, MO - P

olice now know why a
P
oplar
B
luff man shot his wife, before pulling the trigger on himself.

I
nvestigators say the answers were written in black and white
o
n a suicide note found at the scene.

A
family member found 32
-
year
-
old
Y
olanda
J
ones' body inside a car outside her home on
H
enderson
S
treet and called for help.

P
olice discovered 37
-
year
-
old
G
ary
J
ones inside the home
,
with a handgun next to him.

P
olice say the letter clearly explains
G
ary
J
ones' reasoning.

I
nvestigators say
J
ones didn't want his wife to become involved with drugs.
H
e also didn't want to lose her to anyone else.

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

E
veryone who knew the
G
ary and
Y
olanda
J
ones well also knew they were on the verge of a break-up.

"T

he 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.

B
ut there's something most people don't know
;
a deep, dark secret involving
G
ary
J
ones's brother,
L
arry.

J
ones' mother
,
I
da
B
rown says she holds her older son,
L
arry, accountable.
S
he feels
G
ary imitated his brother.

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

"H

e s
aw
the bodies
. His
brother came
and
got him
.
T
hey were lying in bed together cut from ear to ear he hasn't been too good since
," Brown says.

L
arry
J
ones sits on death row in an
A
rkansas prison.

T
he 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..
H
e knew better than that he should have gotten on a bus got out of here.
T
hey would both be alive
," Brown says.

B
rown says she broke the news to
Y
olanda's family
;
she felt it was her responsibility because her son pulled the trigger.

P
olice believe
G
ary
J
ones started planning to kill his wife a few days ago. they've not determined where he got the gun.

I
nvestigators also hope the letter
J
ones wrote to his family will help bring them some closure.
T
hey plan on giving it to them soon.