Rather then face a jury trial for child molestation this week, 73-year-old Herbert Jones shot himself at his Blue Ridge home on Monday.
Opening statements were to begin this morning in Division I of Coconino County Superior Court. He was indicted in 2011 on two counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor. The child was 5 or 6 years old when the abuse started and prosecutors charged that it lasted for several years.
Jones was found dead in a lawn chair in his back yard at about 1 p.m. with a single gunshot wound to his chest, an investigator said. Foul play was not suspected.
"There was no note, but he made some statements to family members that this was his intent," according to Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Gerry Blair. ..Source.. by Eric Betz