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Posted on: June 29, 2017

6/29/2017 - Grand Jurors Return Two New Murder Indictments Against Genene Jones

San Antonio, Texas, June 29, 2017: This morning, a Bexar County Grand Jury returned two new murder indictments against Genene Jones. The new indictments are for the July 3, 1981 murder of 8-month-old Richard "Ricky" Nelson and for the January 17, 1982 murder of 4 1/2 month-old Patrick Zavala. Last week, our office announced the indictment against Jones for the September 16, 1981 murder of Rosemary Vega. Last month, we announced the indictment against Jones for the December 12, 1981 murder of Joshua Sawyer.

The Grand Jury recommended Jones’ bond be set at $1 million each for these two new indictments. Due to a law in effect at the time Jones was sentenced, she will be released from prison in March 2018. Prior to her mandatory release, she will be extradited back to Bexar County where she will await trial for the new charges. Jones is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray Unit in Gatesville, Texas.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Due to the continuing investigations, we will reserve further comment at this time regarding potential future charges against Jones.

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