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Springfield Man Serving Time for Killing Stepson Dies in Prison

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Springfield man serving life in prison for murdering his stepson died Monday.

William Jones, 70, was in prison for the first-degree murder of Trevor. Jones was pronounced dead at a local hospital at about 2:05 p.m. Jan. 8.

The Missouri Department of Corrections Center where William was being held does not suspect foul play.

The department says an autopsy will be performed.

William arrived at the correctional facility on Nov. 13, 2013, following the conclusion of the case.

The killing occurred Aug. 27, 2012, when Jones shot Trevor, 14, while he was asleep in his bed.

Trevor's mother, Falecha Jones, told police she walked into Trevor's room to find him dead on the floor and her husband, William, standing nearby with a gun.

Trevor was found with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said William had blood on his hands when they arrived at the home.

"They did not get along," said Melissa Earnhart, a family friend. "They was just fighting and bickering about all kinds of stuff and Richard (William), didn't want noise and you know I felt bad for Trevor, you know, living in that situation and his mom, you know, she's married to it but I can't believe it came to this."

Officers said they were familiar with the household and had been called there twice the night before. According to court documents, Falecha had to talk her husband into putting a gun down during the second disturbance. Officers then removed two guns from the home.

Earnhart said the night before Trevor's murder, Falecha took him to a motel to get away from William. Falecha told police she brought Trevor back the next morning.

Falecha said she fell asleep the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2012, and awoke to what sounded like fireworks. Shortly after she discovered Trevor had been shot and say William with a gun.

Our previous coverage of the story can be found here.


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