Georgia man charged in arson death of his mother

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A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of his mother in a fire last month.

Paulding Detectives arrested 51-year-old Bryan Dwayne Jones for the slaying of his mother in relation to a house fire that took place on Friday April 22.


According to police multiple 911 calls were placed in reference to a fire in a mobile home on Due West Road in Dallas.

According to the Paulding Sheriff’s Department, preliminary information indicated that an elderly female may have been trapped inside the home along with a family pet prior to the fire being started.

Unfortunately, once the flames were extinguished, firefighters made the grisly discovery of the elderly female’s body along with the carcass of the deceased family dog.

Detectives were able to determine that the deceased elderly female was preliminarily identified as 72-year-old Deborah Jones, who is also the mother of the suspect, Bryan Jones.

“Due to the suspicious nature of the incident, combined with the nonsensical statements and actions made by Bryan Jones prior to him fleeing the scene, detectives took warrants on Mr. Jones for Concealing the Death of Another and Arson,” said sheriff’s office spokesperson Ashley Henson.

Jones was arrested in Cedartown on April 26 without incident.

Georgia man charged in arson death of his mother

As the investigation continued, Detectives had an opportunity to interview Jones.

“After that interview, due to the severity that the body was burned, combined with Jones’ erratic statements and behavior, and having consulted with the Paulding County District Attorney’s Office, Detectives officially charged Bryan Jones with the murder of his mother and cruelty to animals on May 19,” Henson said.

Jones has been charged with the below listed offenses and is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond.

-Concealing the Death of Another (Felony)
-Arson (Felony)
-Murder (Felony)
-Cruelty to Animals (Misdemeanor)

If you have any information about this case, please contact Detectives by calling the Criminal Investigations Division Tip Line at (770) 443-3047 or send a message via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app.

Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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