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South Point murder suspect arrested

January 26, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

IRONTON — Law enforcement officers on Friday arrested a woman in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday in South Point, Ohio.

Belinda Adkins, 41, was taken into custody at about 2:45 p.m. Friday after the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from an acquaintance who said Adkins wanted to turn herself in. According to a news release from Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless, detectives who had been in the area arrived quickly to find Adkins standing at the end of the driveway of the acquaintance’s residence, where she was arrested without incident.

Adkins is charged with murder and will be arraigned 9 a.m. Monday in the Lawrence County Municipal Court.

She is accused of shooting and killing Joshua C. Jones, 39, of South Point, around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the South Point McDonald’s parking lot. The investigation has shown the two had planned to meet in the parking lot for a custody exchange of their daughter. Lawless said Adkins allegedly left the child with relatives instead.

Jones suffered multiple gunshots and was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Lawless confirmed earlier this week that Jones had been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2013 for torturing and physically abusing his stepson between 2004 and 2006. He admitted to breaking a glass jar over the child’s head, causing a large laceration, choking his stepson several times and mentally, physically and emotionally abusing him. He decided to confess after the child’s mother told him the child suffered brain damage.

After the shooting Wednesday, witnesses told deputies they saw a white female believed to be Adkins flee the parking lot in a white car. A vehicle believed to have been driven by Adkins was located Thursday afternoon and appeared to have been abandoned “for some time,” according to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Huntington Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, BCI&I, Lawrence County EMS, U.S. Marshals, and the Lawrence County Drug and Major Crimes Task Force all aided the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.