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NC Wanted: Paralyzed woman overhears husband's 2003 murder

Posted February 12, 2011
Updated October 15, 2016

— What Chun Jones experienced the night her husband was shot to death outside their Cumberland County home can only be described as terrifying helplessness.

Chun Jones suffered from muscular dystrophy and was unable to walk. She listened from upstairs as her husband Walter left their house in the Gray's Creek community near Hope Mills in the early morning hours of July 24, 2003 to investigate a strange noise outside.

He never returned.

Walter Jones, a retired Army sergeant, was shot to death while Chun lay motionless in bed, powerless to help him.

"Why? I want to know why," she said in an interview shortly after Walter's death.

Cumberland County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene.

"(The officer) checked the perimeter of the residence. When he checked around back, he came around the body of Walter Jones," said retired Lt. Charlie Disponzio. "Based on evidence we did recover at the scene, it looks like one person was actually going to the house. A second perpetrator may have been close by in an awaiting vehicle."

Investigators set up checkpoints in the neighborhood and interviewed several people who worked for Jones' clothing business, but no one was ever charged.

Wife dies without answers in husband's 2003 murder Wife dies without answers in husband's 2003 murder

Five years later, as her health was rapidly deteriorating, Chun granted NC Wanted one last interview in the hopes of finding her husband's killer while she was still alive.

"The pain is killing me," she said. "I don't think I could ever forgive."

Chun left the world knowing that her husband was waiting for her on the other side.

"I already see him... I feel safe," she said. "With this thing hanging over (me), I can't go on living life."

Investigators said Walter Jones was a true victim and they hope someone will come forward with information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the unsolved murder of Walter Jones can call NC Wanted's tipline at 1-866-439-2683 or submit a tip online.


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  • noturaveragesoccermom Feb 16, 2011

    pmye9-I pray your family gets peace and justice you deserve. God Bless your family.

  • pmye9 Feb 16, 2011

    This was my mother and stepfather. Whoever did this to our family not only killed my stepfather but destroyed all of our lives. My mother fought to bring her husband's killer to justice even on her death bed. My mother was a courageous fighter and my stepfather was a dedicated military member who did not deserve this... They were loving people who tried to help those in need.

  • noturaveragesoccermom Feb 16, 2011

    What a sad story. I hope they figure out who was there that night.