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Jones Trial

A jury has recommended the death penalty for a Dothan man convicted of killing an elderly woman more than four years ago.

Twenty-two-year-old Antonio Jones was found guilty Friday of, what a retired state pathologist calls, "the most brutal crime he's even seen."

Jones was charged with the 1999 beating death of 80-year-old Ruth Kirkland.

Witnesses testified that most of the major bones in the upper half of the elderly woman's body were broken in the attack.

Mrs. Kirkland's car was stolen and Jones was arrested later while driving the vehicle.

DNA tests also showed the woman's blood was on his clothes.

The final decision on Jones' fate rests with Judge Jerry White. Sentencing is set for April 22.


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