An Augusta man accused in the brutal murder of his mother, father, and brother went before a judge on Tuesday.
Police say Ryan Jones committed the heinous crime at the family's house then moved their bodies to a vacant field where he set them on fire. Smoke from the scene was detected by someone nearby. That person called law enforcement, who discovered the bodies.
Tuesday, the State of Georgia filed paperwork to seek the death penalty against Ryan Jones as he sat emotionless in the courtroom. The court appearance was a chance for defense attorneys to explain their qualifications to handle the case and an opportunity to go over the court's checklist to proceed.
Ryan Jones walked into court wearing a Richmond County-issued inmate jumpsuit. He listened as District Attorney Ashley Wright expressed the State's desire to try this as a death penalty case.
Jones is charged with three counts of malice murder, three counts of felony murder and three counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the deaths of his father (Roosevelt Jones), mother (Edna Jones), and brother Russell Jones).
During the proceedings, Jones entered a not guilty plea. Also, a previously filed motion for a mental evaluation was withdrawn.
Ryan Jones' next court appearance has not been scheduled.