make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

Jury quick to find man guilty of murdering wife


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.

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.