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Paulding Detectives Make Murder Arrest in Connection to Recent Fire

May 25th, 2022 – 7:45 pm

Press Release –

Paulding Detectives, working in conjunction with the Paulding County Fire Department and the State of Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office, arrest Bryan Dwayne Jones (W/M, 51 YOA) for the murder of his mother in relation to a house fire that took place on Friday, April 22, 2022, at approximately 8:26 PM.

On the above date and time, multiple 911 calls were placed to Paulding E-911 referencing the residential structure fire of a mobile home which is located at 3412 Due West Road Dallas, GA 30132. Preliminary information indicated that an elderly female may have been trapped inside the home along with a family pet prior to the fire being ignited.

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 Deborah Jones, (W/F, 72 YOA) 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. Bryan Jones was subsequently arrested in Cedartown, GA on April 26, 2022 without incident.

As the investigation continued, Detectives had an opportunity to interview Bryan 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, 2022. Bryan 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 (F)
-Arson (F)
-Murder (F)
-Cruelty to Animals (M)

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.