Tuesday, 17 December 2013 15:16

Husband Indicted on First-Degree Murder Charges in Death of Heather Palumbo-Jones

Christopher Steven Jones Christopher Steven Jones SCSO
MEMPHIS, TN – December 17, 2013 - A Germantown man who told police he killed his wife in April during an argument and burned her body was indicted on first-degree murder charges and abuse of a corpse, said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Chris Jones, 41, turned down a negotiated settlement in his case last month which would have allowed him to plead guilty to second-degree murder and a sentence of 25 years in prison with no parole for the death of Heather Palumbo-Jones.
Jones will be arraigned Thursday before Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter on the new charges that carry life in prison, life without parole or death upon conviction.
Jones is being held on $1 million bond in the Shelby County Jail.
Heather Palumbo-Jones, 33, was reported missing on April 16 when she did not show up for work at the Frayser Achievement School where she taught kindergarten.
Her husband gave Germantown police a videotaped statement in which he admitted killing his wife when an argument developed into a physical altercation at her home in the 7000 block of Poplar.
Based on information from Jones, police found the badly burned body of Palumbo-Jones on April 23 in a wooded area off of U.S. 64 between the Shelby-Fayette County line and Collierville-Arlington Road.
The couple had two children and was involved in divorce proceedings.
The murder case is being handled by assistant district attorneys Theresa McCusker, Danielle McCollum and Carla Taylor of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVU).
McCusker is the chief prosecutor of the DVU which handles felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners.
The DVU works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide domestic violence victims and their families access to a range of services and assistance.