Meridian Star

October 18, 2013

Sheriff: 'long running' dispute led to shooting

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie Thursday said there was no new information about the motive behind the shooting death of a Lauderdale County man Wednesday reportedly committed by the victim's brother-in-law.

    "This was a long running domestic dispute between the two men that finally came to a head," Sollie said. "But as tragic as this incident is, the more disturbing aspect of this is knowing the victim's four-year-old daughter was standing next to him when he was killed."

    Jeffery Wayne Jones, 51, is charged with murder in the shooting death of his brother-in-law, James N. Hill, 55. The shooting occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at a mobile home Hill was remodeling.

    Hill was allegedly shot through an open window with a high caliber rifle. The shooting occurred at a mobile home park behind 8829 Whippoorwill Road where Jones lived.

    Sollie said after Hill was shot, Jones allegedly walked a short distance back to his home, put his gun up, and sat down to wait on law enforcement authorities to arrive. He was placed into custody without further incident.

    Jones' bond was set at $500,000.