Germantown Police Charge Husband with Teacher's Murder

Germantown Police Charge Husband with Teacher's Murder

Her neck was broken and her body burned. A missing Germantown mother and teacher is dead, and her husband is now charged with second degree murder.
GERMANTOWN, TN (abc24.com) - Her neck was broken and her body burned. A missing Germantown mother and teacher is dead, and her husband is now charged with second degree murder.

Germantown police found Heather Palumbo-Jones' body Tuesday night off Highway 64 and Collierville Arlington Road in east Shelby County. Officers say her estranged husband, Chris Jones, led them to it.

Sources say Jones came in for a follow up interview Tuesday night and after several hours, confessed to killing his wife. ABC 24 News interviewed Jones on Friday, and sat down with him for an hour-long interview on Monday. ABC 24's Joy Lambert noticed inconsistencies in some of his stories, and so did police.

"We appreciate the media, we absolutely do," stated Germantown Police Deputy Chief Rodney Bright at a Wednesday press conference. "In ways that you may not know, it's been helpful."

Germantown police called our station five minutes after our interview with Chris Jones aired Monday night. During the interview he spoke negatively of his missing wife, even called her names.

"The fact that we even got to this point is a sad state of affairs. We need to be able to rectify this situation, come to an agreement about the children and moved on a long time ago. Unfortunately I'm the only one interested in having shared parenting, she wanted to take them and keep them and not share," Jones said in our Monday interview.

He also went into specifics about the last time he saw her. He said they were drunk when he confronted her about an affair, and between our interviews on Friday and Monday, his account of her reaction in their last encounter changed.

He stated Friday that his wife was "inebriated, upset, irrational." But on Monday, Jones said, "It's our standard margarita mix, I brought it over, we had a lot of it and we proceeded to have that conversation."

According to the affidavit, they had much more. Sources tell us a cadaver dog made a hit in his car while he was being interviewed by police. At that point he revealed the two were in a fight and he knowingly killed her, breaking her neck, then disposed of the body by setting it on fire in the woods.

Heather's group of close friends say it's been difficult to listen to what they say were lies all along.

"He's very crafty and very sly and he deserves a very suitable punishment," said Melissa Smith.

Jones is charged with second degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday evening.

The couple has two children that are in family custody.

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