published Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Man seeks to withdraw guilty plea in rape and murder of Tullahoma nursing student

Donnie Jones Jr., the convicted killer of Tullahoma nursing student Megan Sharpton, on Monday filed paperwork to withdraw the guilty plea he entered earlier this month and put the case before a jury.

Jones, 37, accused his own attorney Joseph Ford of coercing him. He claims prosecutors threatened to seek charges against his wife if he didn’t take the guilty plea, according to officials and court documents filed by Jones on his own behalf in Franklin County.

Jones, who filed the motion from his prison cell in Morgan County, is seeking a trial and a new lawyer in the case, records state.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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