More than 15 years after a drifter with West Coast ties was slain in rural Dodge County, the dead mans 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 didnt 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 victims sister, who hadnt 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 hasnt 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 couples 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.