W. Baltimore couple found slain in home Homicides put count for last year at 323, 2 more than 1994 total

January 01, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Kris Antonelli contributed to this article.

Baltimore police are investigating as a double homicide the deaths of a West Baltimore husband and wife found in their home yesterday afternoon.

The slayings of John Irvin Jones, 60, and Marylyn Jones, 59, pushed the number of homicides in the city last year to 323, an increase from 1994, when 321 people were killed. Those levels remained below the record high in 1993, when 353 people were killed.

One of the victims was stabbed and the other shot, Detective Homer Pennington said. "At first we thought it was a murder-suicide, but both of these are victims of another person."

No suspects are in custody, he said.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones last were seen alive Saturday, according to Agent Ragina L. Cooper, a police spokeswoman. Police were called to "investigate the problem" at the couple's home in the 800 block of Mount Holly St. shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, Agent Cooper said.

Mrs. Jones' body was found in the living room just inside the front door, and her husband's body was found in the kitchen, Agent Cooper said. Investigators would not say which victim was stabbed and which was shot.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones had lived in the brick rowhouse for more than 30 years, according to relatives and neighbors.

"They were wonderful people," said a woman who would identify herself only as the Jones' niece. She and other relatives declined to provide other information about the family.

Mr. Jones, a former truck-driver, was known for giving candy, doughnuts and other treats to neighborhood children, said Ira Carter, a next-door neighbor.

Mrs. Jones was retired from the Social Security Administration and spent her days taking care of her elderly mother and mother-in-law, who did not live with the couple, Mr. Carter said.

"She was the sweetest woman," he said. "For this to happen in this neighborhood. These are not renters here."

Violent crime in Maryland rose during the first nine months of last year, state police statistics show. Slayings increased by 8 percent, robberies by 5 percent and reported rapes by 4 percent from the same period of 1994.

Anyone with information about the Jones slayings may call investigators at 396-2100.

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