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Guard linked to beating had been subject of complaints

Nov. 2, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A guard accused in a lawsuit of beating a female inmate so severely she was left paralyzed had previously been accused of trading cigarettes for sex, insubordination, harassing inmates and other actions at a Florida prison, according to a news report. Despite the long history of...

Police: Kids recovering after mom crashed into palm tree

Oct. 9, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Three of four children have been released from the hospital a week after authorities say their 36-year-old mother tried to kill them by crashing into a palm tree in north Florida. The Ocala Star-Banner reports Calicia L. Williams and her 13-year-old daughter remain at UF Health Shands...

Florida man indicted in deaths of wife, 4 young children

Oct. 8, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A grand jury indicted a Florida man on murder charges in the slayings of his wife and four children. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the state is seeking the death penalty against 38-year-old Michael W. Jones Jr. Jones is charged with the second-degree murder of wife Casei Jones and with...

Police: Woman tried to kill kids by crashing into palm tree

Oct. 3, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman tried to kill her four children by crashing a minivan into a palm tree. Ocala police say 36-year-old Calicia Williams was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of attempted murder. A police report says investigators determined the vehicle was...

Sheriff: Woman, her 4 children found dead; husband arrested

Sep. 26, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a Florida woman who was found dead along with her four children in Georgia was beaten to death with a baseball bat. Her 38-year-old husband Michael Jones is charged with killing Casei Jones. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods tells news outlets he believes Jones...

Florida man held without bond in deaths of wife, 4 children

Sep. 19, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

When Georgia authorities pulled over a Florida driver during the weekend, they made a gruesome discovery in the back of the truck — the body of his decomposing wife. Casei Jones and her four children had been missing from their Florida hometown for over a month, and the discovery set off a massive search...

Officials: Bodies of 4 children found after mom found slain

Sep. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say they believe they've found the remains of four young children just hours after their mother was found slain in Georgia. Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said Monday at a news conference in Ocala, Florida, that they were able to find the children's...