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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — It did not take long for a Columbus County jury to come to a verdict in a 2011 murder case.

Jurors took about half an hour to find Elijah Jones guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of his estranged wife.

Jurors sentenced Jones to life in prison without parole. It was a decision they say was hard to make.

The family of victim Joan Everette says justice has been served. The family says Jones and Everette had domestic issues for years leading up to the shooting outside a Whiteville hospital.

Everette’s brother says it feels like a burden has been lifted off their shoulders.

“We know that a convicted murderer that murdered our sister, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt, a cousin, a community friend, he’s been held responsible for that today, and he’s going to spend the rest of his life in prison,” Jeffrey Everette said. “So we feel good today.”

After the verdict the Everettes released purple balloons in celebration. They say the color symbolizes domestic violence.

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  • SurfCityTom

    and facing a life term of free health care; free chow 3 times per day; better cable access than many taxpayers have; likley can go back to school and get a degree. All on the taxpayers’ dime.

    There should be some type of sentence which would really be punishment and not elevate his lifestyle.

    How about big cat attendant at the state zoo or the Carolina Beach Road facility? Clean the interior of the enclosures; feed them; and then bed down in the cages with them.

    Unless it has been moved, there is a liger on Carolina Beach Road which approaches 600 pounds.

  • Vog46

    The problem here Tom is not with what you think.
    I wonder why no capital murder charges were brought? That would have lead to the death penalty.
    Of course even at that, its delayed for so long its hard to think that he’d die in the chair before natural causes got to him.
    The LAW has to be changed before DA’s and Judges can effectively sentence people.
    Get a little R+R Tom (Rally in Raleigh) and get our legislators to pass new laws with immediate executions.


  • IReckon

    Obviously you have never been in prison, have no clue what that environment is like!

  • SurfCityTom

    this past week. Back on Tuesday. Have my own agenda to promote.

  • burgerboy

    his old mammy will be on TV saying “him’s a good boy, him’s didn’t do nuffinz, him’s just turnin’ his life around, him’s just hanging around the wrong crowd, him’s going back to school to be an afleet or rapper lol


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