ATLANTA – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that Bryan Dwayne Jones, 51, of Dallas, Georgia, has been arrested for murder and arson in connection with a Paulding County fire.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on the evening of April 22nd, Paulding County firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls regarding a mobile home fire on Due West Road in Dallas. Upon extinguishment, firefighters discovered the body of Deborah Jones, 72, along with a family pet.

“Due to the suspicious nature of the fire and erratic statements and actions by the suspect, who then fled the scene, Detectives with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office took out warrants against Mr. Bryan Jones,” said Commissioner King. “Mr. Jones was subsequently arrested in Cedeartown on April 26th and, after interviews with the subject and a final determination that the fire was intentionally set, Detectives officially charged him with murder and arson, among other charges.”

Bryan Dwayne Jones has been charged with Felony Murder, Felony Arson, Felony Concealing the Death of Another, and Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals. Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Division assisted the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and Paulding County District Attorney’s Office with this case.


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