Jeremy Bryan Jones: Profile of a Killer

Jones & Composite Sketch of Suspect in Endres case.
Jones & Composite Sketch of Suspect in Endres case. Police

In 2005, Jeremy Bryan Jones was sentenced to death for the rape and murder of his 45-year-old neighbor, Lisa Nichols. That sentence was upheld by the Alabama Appeals Court in 2010, according to the Associated Press.

Jones Undergoes Psychological Evaluation

At the request of his defense lawyer, Jeremy Jones underwent a psychological evaluation. Reporters were able to obtain a profile from a doctor who interviewed Jones right after he was arrested for the murder of Lisa Nichols.

"Full of Rage...Explosive"

Psychiatrist Dr. Charles Herlihy, who was asked by Investigative Reporter Josh Bernstein to interpret the profile, said that Jones "could also be very calculating but explosive when he doesn't get what he wants." According to the profile, Jones suffers from severe depression and has an anti-social Personality. Herlichy described him as explosive and a sociopath who is incapable of adjusting to a normal life.

Herlichy also described Jones as a man full of rage and one who could be capable of killing multiple times. Jones was also a prolific drug abuser and suffered from liver failure and Hepatitis C. Herlichy reviewed an 11-page evaluation of Jones by Dr. Doug McKeown who spent a day with Jones.

Quadruple Murder in Oklahoma

In early 2005, Deputies from Craig County Sheriff's office interviewed Jones in Alabama about a December 30, 1999 murder that occurred in Welch, Oklahoma. Danny and Kathy Freeman were found shot to death and the trailer they lived in was set on fire. The Freeman's 16-year-old daughter, Ashley Freeman and her 16-year-old friend, Laurie Bible, were not found in the home and the two have never been seen again.

Another Confession

Jones confessed to Sheriff Jimmie Sooter that he killed the Freeman couple and that the teenaged girls ran out of the home and into Jones' truck. He drove them to Kansas where he allegedly killed them and disposed of their bodies. Based on information given to the detectives, a large search of mining pits and sinkholes was conducted but nothing was found. Jones has not been charged in the Freeman case.

A Mysterious Photo

A storage building in Douglas County, Georgia belonging to Jones was searched in late 2004. The police found eight pictures of women among his personal belongings. Six of the women have been identified and the last two pictures may be of the same woman but her whereabouts have yet to be established.

The Murder Trial

During Jones' trial for the murder of Lisa Marie Nichols, he changed his story about the events that took place the night of her murder. He had previously confessed to killing Nichols but when it came time to testify he blamed the shooting on a neighbor of Nichols. In his new version, he said that both he and the neighbor entered the home and that it was his neighbor who shot Nichols. The neighbor he was blaming had died a few months before the trial began.

Prosecutors Expose the Confession

Prosecutors told jurors that Jones was staying with a neighbor of Nichols' a few days before Hurricane Ivan hit the area. After the hurricane, the area had no electricity and was in a black out. Jones barged in on Nichols, raped and then shot her in the head three times. To cover up his crime, he set the mobile home on fire, but it failed to ignite and only partially burned Nichols and the room where she was found.

"A Coward, a Moral Pervert and Purveyor of Drugs"

Along with Jones' confessions, prosecutors presented DNA evidence that blood found on Jones' clothing matched Nichols' blood. Lastly, Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska read a taped conversation between Jones and his friend, Mark Bentley. Jones told Bentley he killed Nichols when he was high on drugs and said, "It was like a nightmare, I was in a movie... I was higher than I had ever been in my whole life."

Found Guilty

Assistant Attorney General Don Valeska told jurors to look at Jones if they wanted to see evil... "a coward, a moral pervert and purveyor of drugs." The jury came to a decision in two hours and convicted Jones of rape, burglary, sexual abuse, kidnapping and capital murder.

In various confessions over the months before his trial, Jones confessed to up to 20 murders in a time span of 13 years.