Woman suspected of plotting with son in murder surrenders

Friday, December 17, 2010 at 11:32am
Staff reports
Janice Leigh Jones

Janice Leigh Jones has surrendered to Metro police and been booked on a grand jury indictment of first-degree murder stemming from a February plot to kill her then-boyfriend.

A Criminal Court judge set Jones’ bond at $200,000.

Jones, 51, and her son, James D. Avery, 26, are charged in connection with the Feb. 20 shooting death of Jones’ boyfriend James Charles Nance.

Avery is indicted on one count of first-degree murder and was already in jail for a probation violation when the indictment was returned.

Nance, 46, was found dead in the front yard of a home in the 3100 block of Union Hill Road in Whites Creek. The investigation, led by Detective Tim Codling, revealed that Nance had been involved in a dispute with Jones. Avery is alleged to have driven Nance to Union Hill Road and killed him. 

Jones, who surrendered Thursday night, is alleged to have had knowledge of the plot.