Man's sister, brother-in-law indicted in his 1988 slaying in Dodge

jkovac@macon.comFebruary 17, 2014 

More than 15 years after a drifter with West Coast ties was slain in rural Dodge County, the dead man’s sister and brother-in-law have been indicted in connection with his death.

Dodge grand jurors on Monday indicted Ricky Lamar Jones on a murder charge in the late-1998 slaying of his brother-in-law, an alleged killing that investigators didn’t know about until a tipster came forward in December.

Jones, 53, was also indicted on a charge of concealing a death, said Dodge District Attorney Tim Vaughn.

Jones’ wife, Irene, the victim’s sister, who hadn’t been charged when her husband was arrested and jailed two months ago, was also indicted Monday for allegedly concealing her brother William Marcus Walters’ death.

The GBI has said Walters was 48 at the time of his death, but it hasn’t divulged details of the killing or how, after a decade and a half, it came to light.

The Joneses, married in 1979, live on a 40-acre tract on Sweet Home Church Road between Milan and Chauncey, a dozen or so miles southeast of Eastman.

Investigators searched unsuccessfully for Walters’ remains on the couple’s property along Turnpike Creek in December.

Walters had lived in Kentucky and his native Ohio, but his last known address was a soup kitchen in Salinas, Calif.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this story.

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