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Alleged killer Jones hatched elaborate escape plan

A Jonesboro man, charged along with his girlfriend with the murder of Roderick Crawford of Barnesville, hatched an elaborate plan to escape as he was being transported from the Clayton County jail to the Upson County courthouse for a preliminary hearing Feb. 4. Cameron Jones, 20, and codefendant Kiera Williams, 18, are members of the Bloods gang, according to sources close to the investigation. Crawford was shot to death after he contacted Williams for sex through an online escort service. His body was found Jan. 3 behind a trailer in the crime-ridden Lincoln Park neighborhood in Thomaston. He had been missing for a week. Prior to transport, Clayton deputies discovered a letter Jones had written to associates urging them to kill two Upson deputies as they drove him back to Thomaston for his hearing. The letter even contained a detailed map of Jones’ planned escape route. Jones hearing was moved up to early morning. He was transported to Thomaston under heavy guard, including a SWAT team and Clayton sheriff Victor Hill himself. Snipers were stationed on the courthouse roof during the hearing at which he was denied bond. He was then returned to Clayton County without incident. Jones and Williams are charged with felony murder, malice murder, two counts aggravated assault, kidnapping and firearm charges in the Crawford case. They are also charged in the murder of Mario Edwards in Clayton County. Jones faces additional charges for the escape plan and associated threat.

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