Man found guilty of killing 62-year-old, setting fire to cover up her murder
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) —
A Columbus man was found guilty of murdering a woman and then going back to the scene to set fire to her townhouse in order to cover it up.
Jeremay Jones was convicted November 13th on several charges, including aggravated murder, kidnapping, and aggravated arson in the death of Anna Ferriman in 2015.
Ferriman, 62, was found dead in a townhouse after an early morning fire on March 16, 2015. Investigators confirmed the fire was intentionally set, and then an autopsy showed Ferriman had been shot and was dead when the fire started.
Police say they talked to Jeremay Jones a few hours before the fire while they were investigating a separate incident. At that time, they collected a gun as evidence and then released him.
Officers say after he was released from custody, Jones went to the apartment and set the fire to cover up the murder he'd committed earlier. But testing done on the gun officers took as evidence showed it matched the bullet found in Ferriman's body. DNA evidence connected Jones to the gun.
Jones was found guilty of the following charges:
- Aggravated burglary
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated murder
- 2 counts of murder
- Weapons under disability
- 2 counts of aggravated arson
- Tampering with evidence
- Abuse of a corpse
Sentencing is scheduled for December 7th.