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Police: Scotland Neck man kills wife, himself

Posted April 16, 2013

— A Scotland Neck man killed his wife Monday afternoon before turning a gun on himself, police said Tuesday.

Lakesha Jones, 31, went to her mother's home on East 8th Street after she and her husband had an argument, but Christopher Jones, 35, followed her there and continued talking with her, Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said.

Lakesha Jones' mother went outside to give them time to sort things out, but she then heard gunshots inside, Williams said.

Investigators found a 9-millimeter handgun in the house.

The Joneses had two children in middle school, and they are staying with grandparents, Williams said.


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  • junkmail5 Apr 16, 3:25 p.m.

    More proof that having a gun in the home causes murder and suicide. peace2u

    yes, that'd certainly explain how, say, Japan, with virtually NO private gun ownership, has a MUCH higher suicide rate than the US does.

    No, wait, it actually kinda proves you have no idea what you are talking about...

  • GulfWarVet Apr 16, 2:57 p.m.

    fredk - it's not about guns. it's about people with mental illness being allowed to walk the streets endangering the general public. Take away guns, they'll use knives. Take away knives, they'll kill with a child's ride on toy or whatever they can turn into a weapon.

  • GulfWarVet Apr 16, 2:55 p.m.

    "More proof that having a gun in the home causes murder and suicide. - peace2u"

    No different than having a car in the leads to the potential to drive into a tree, or head on into a passing car.

    Nuts are nuts. Guns, cars, knives, bombs. How they choose to kill is irrelevant.

    Moderate the mentally ill and curb the extreme violence.

  • OleNCNative Apr 16, 2:32 p.m.

    Never a dull day in Halifax County.

  • I know some stuff Apr 16, 1:56 p.m.

    Peace2u...your idea is right, but better stated that gun 'contributes' to murder/suicide.
    If you are 'keeping score', following all the stories on WRAL for the past several months, which involve shooting a person, you'll see that (and my numbers are approximate, you CAN get exact data) > for every 100 stories reported >>>
    80 are outright murder
    17 are suicide
    2 are accidental
    1 is defending one's self/home.
    So you see, If you have a gun, you are 80 times more likely to use it to murder someone (spouses included) than self defense. Or 17 time more likely to kill yourself, for some reason. and only one percent in self defense...the original rationale for having a gun in your house. So while having the weapon did not 'lead to this story', having such a weapon handy often leads to action that not even the owner is happy with, after all is said and done....99% of the time. {whatever the exact number is, it is still MOST of the time}

  • anonemoose Apr 16, 1:26 p.m.

    Saying that the gun caused this is tantamount to saying that the fork made you fat.

  • carrboroyouth Apr 16, 1:25 p.m.

    Another case of domestic violence. When will this stop? You had an argument - you don't shoot your wive over it.

  • rlt197131 Apr 16, 1:23 p.m.

    More proof that having a gun in the home causes murder and suicide.
    April 16, 2013 1:07 p.m.
    That's just an ignorant thing to say. If it wasn't a gun, it would have been a knife, or a club or bat. Your statement is akin to saying that " having food in the house causes obesity and diabetes".

  • MPS Apr 16, 1:21 p.m.

    "More proof that having a gun in the home causes murder and suicide." -peace2u

    Mine must be defective then. I've had 20+ firearms in my house for more than 20 years and I've never seen any of them cause a murder or a suicide. I'll need to break them down and inspect to find out the problem. Surely they are defective and its not the murderer's brain which is defective. I mean it sounds like you saw proof somewhere so I better be on guard!

  • peace2u Apr 16, 1:07 p.m.

    More proof that having a gun in the home causes murder and suicide.