Couple dies after sex charges filed

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By The Staff

From staff reports

A couple facing criminal charges in Roane County was found dead at a home in the Westel community of Cumberland County last week.

Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said a relative discovered the bodies of James Phillip Jones, 46, and his wife, Linda Mae Jones, 35. Cumberland authorities have yet to make a ruling on whether the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide or double suicide. Burgess said officials are still awaiting autopsy results.

“We’ll have to have that before we can determine what transpired,” he said Thursday.

Rockwood police charged James Jones with incest and statutory rape by an authority figure. According to a police report, he admitted to performing a sex act on an underage female. Linda Jones was charged with contributing to delinquency.