Jones Co. homicide motive believed to be robbery

Jones Co. homicide motive believed to be robbery

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Sheriff's Department has released new information on a 2014 homicide case.

"We believe that the motive was robbery, that they intended to rob Mr. Tommy Joe Lewis and in fact they did and we believe at the time of the robbery Mr. Lewis was killed and his house was set on fire," said Sheriff Alex Hodge.   

This information comes after two men were arrested last week.

Ray Chapman and Patrick Ducksworth will remain behind bars until their next court appearance. Both Taylorsville men were denied bond Friday.

"Anytime you put a reward in the paper, you're going to always get what you want," said Ducksworth during his initial appearance.  

Chapman and Ducksworth are being charged with capital murder for the October 4, 2014 death of Tommy Joe Lewis, 57. According to investigators, Lewis' body was found inside his Summerland home after it was destroyed by fire.

"We didn't have nothing to do with it," said Ducksworth.

Sheriff Alex Hodge said there is a third person of interest in this homicide case.

"I won't list them as a suspect now," said Sheriff Hodge. "I can tell you the investigation is ongoing and we are talking to a third person."

Sheriff Hodge said additional information is needed in this case.

"We do appreciate the people and we ask you to continue to come forward with information because it's vital to the protection of the citizens of Jones County that we all work together," said Sheriff Hodge.

Any information on this case contact Crimestoppers at 601-428-STOP.