Arrests continue to be made in a murder
investigation in the Tellico Plains area.
A man authorities have been looking for
since the April 7 killing of Toney Presley was arrested Tuesday in
The Gainesville Times reported Hall
County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Nicholas Ronnie Dean Jones,
19, and held him until he was picked up by Monroe County authorities.
Investigators from the Monroe County
Sheriff Department in Tennessee contacted Hall County Sunday night to
request help in arresting Jones, who was believed to be in the Hall
County area at the time.
Hall sheriff's deputies developed leads
and Jones agreed to meet deputies at a public park on Pearl Nix
Parkway where he was taken into custody without incident, Jeff
Strickland, Hall County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
A second arrest was made in connection
with the crime. Brandy Elizabeth Ann Wiseman, 19, of Gainesville, has
also been charged in the crime.
Jones, 19, Shields Branch Road, Tellico
Plains, is charged with first-degree murder, abuse of a corpse and
tampering with evidence.
Wiseman, 19, Duckett Mill Road,
Gainesville, Florida, is charged with accessory after the fact. In
the warrant for her arrest, Monroe County Sheriff's Detective
Jennifer Bledsoe said Wiseman knew of the crime, but did not tell
anyone and helped Jones and a juvenile involved flee from arrest.
The juvenile, identified by the court
system under the open records law as John Tyler Brown, 16, is charged
with murder tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse and is
reported to have hit Presley with a frying pan.
Norwood is charged with first degree
murder, criminal conspiracy to commit first degree murder, abuse of a
corpse, two counts tampering with evidence, theft over $1,000 and
Monroe County Sheriff's Detective
Travis Jones said after the group hatched the plan, Nicholas Jones
reportedly shot Presley, Norwood stabbed him in the neck and Brown
hit him with a frying pan.
On April 10, Detective Jones said
Norwood, in an attempt to get rid of any evidence of the killing,
burned Presley's house down. She then reportedly left the state in
a Mustang that didn't belong to her.
Deputy James Fischer, who worked the
fire for law enforcement, noticed several odd things about the fire
and called detectives. Officers with the Monroe County Sheriff's
Office, the TN state Bomb and Arson Office, the District Attorney's
Office, and a volunteer TEMA K-9 Team initiated a search warrant of
During the search of the property, they
found the remains of a man and the remains were recovered by the
officers and transported to the University of Tennessee Medical
Center by the Monroe County Rescue Squad for autopsy and scientific
identification. They were identified as Presley.
When asked if a reason had been given
for the killing, Bledsoe declined to say, stating only that if anyone
involved had given a reason, it would be saved for the trial.
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