Rev. Luther Jones, 64, (right) was arrested and charged following the Sunday, July 28th, 2013 shooting death of Curtis Paul Jones (left), in front of Belgrade Baptist Church on Farm to Market Road 1416 in Newton County"s Belgrade Community. The pastor was the victim"s uncle, and family members told les-grizzlys-catalans.org News that the incident stemmed from a long running family feud.

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Neighbors say the shooting happened here, in front of the Belgrade Baptist Church, located on Farm to Market Road 1416 in the Belgrade Community, southeast of Newton.



Neighbors near Belgrade Baptist Church told les-grizzlys-catalans.org News that after Curtis Jones was shot, his Chevrolet Suburban SUV went across FM 1416, crossed a large field, and then struck a tree. Jones" body was found inside.


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Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon told les-grizzlys-catalans.org News that this pickup truck belongs to the man who fired the shots, but he declined to release a name. les-grizzlys-catalans.org News later learned from a family member that this truck belongs to Luther Jones, who is Curtis Jones" uncle, and the pastor of Belgrade Baptist Church. The truck was taken by investigators as evidence.


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This photo was taken from in front of Belgrade Baptist Church, and it shows the field, with tire tracks, that Curtis Jones" Chevrolet Suburban SUV crossed after he was shot.


A Newton County pastor has now been charged with murder in the weekend shooting death of his nephew, and the pastor’s son is also charged for his alleged role in the crime.

On Sunday afternoon, Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon said the victim, later identified by family members as 34-year-old Curtis Paul Jones, was shot to death at about 10:30 that morning outside of Belgrade Baptist Church, located on Farm to Market Road 1416 in the Belgrade Community, southeast of Newton.

According to Newton County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace A.J. Satterwhite, Rev. Luther Jones, 64, was officially charged with murder on Monday morning, and his bond was set at $100,000.00. Meanwhile, his son, 45-year-old Luther P. Jones, was also charged on Monday with hindering apprehension in connection with the case, and his bond was set at $10,000.00.

A Monday morning press release from the Newton County Sheriff"s Department said that Rev. Jones has since bonded out of the Newton County Jail, but there"s no word on the status of his son.


On Sunday evening, Curtis Jones’ sister, Juanita Jones, told les-grizzlys-catalans.org News that the shooting stemmed from a longstanding family feud. Juanita Jones said her brother was headed to another church in the area when the incident occurred. The sister said witnesses told her that someone flagged her brother down as he passed by the Belgrade Baptist Church, and when he pulled into the driveway of the church, his uncle allegedly opened fire through the passenger side window of the vehicle.

Neighbors living in the area said that after Curtis Jones was shot, he apparently stepped on the gas pedal of his early model Chevrolet Suburban, causing the vehicle to shoot across the Highway and into a field, where it hit a tree.

On Monday, Judge Satterwhite told KFDM News that it appeared Jones had been shot several times. The judge said he saw what appeared to be one entrance wound on the right side of Jones" head behind his ear.

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An autopsy, at the order of Judge Satterwhite, was scheduled to be performed Monday on Curtis Jones at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office in Nederland.


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