FLAGSTAFF, Arizona. – Connie Jones’ life was not routine. She got her husband at work, went to various supermarkets, constantly looked over her shoulder and took firearms training and defensive driving to protect herself and her son from an ex-husband she said was a maniac.
The authorities have said that the man, Dwight Lamon Jones, is responsible for the death of six people in the Phoenix area, some of whom had links to Jones’ divorce. Connie Jones always feared that they would be killed and said Tuesday that she is grateful to be alive.
“I felt that I have a personal terrorist,” she said. “I had someone specifically targeting me, someone who had time and nothing else to do than to think about how to hurt me. His death, I think, is the best thing out of this ordeal.”
Jones said the man with whom she was married with more than 20 years, was sympathetic at first, but his behavior became more and more erratic, and he used the court to further torture her after she filed for divorce in 2009 after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge on their home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Authorities say Dwight Jones, 56, remained bitter about his divorce years after they separated and began confronting people who are connected to the break-up, and shoot them. The shooting deaths happened more than four days for Dwight Jones ended his life as police closed him in a Scottsdale hotel for longer stays.
Connie Jones’ current husband and a former police detective, Rick Anglin, first suspect of the murders were committed by Dwight Jones. Anglin said he recognized the physical offices of those who were killed, including two employees who worked for the same company as Connie Jones’ divorce lawyer and a forensic psychiatrist who testified in the divorce proceedings, and alerted the police.
A paralegal, Veleria Sharp, 48, had worked at the firm for about a year, and the other, Laura Anderson, 49, for 10 years, said the divorce lawyer, Elizabeth Feldman. The psychiatrist, Steven Pitt, 59, testified in the divorce case that Dwight Jones had anxiety and mood disorders, and he was on the risk of the use of violence against his wife, child and himself.
Marriage counselor Marshall Levine, 72, apparently was targeted in a case of mistaken identity, authorities said.
Analysis of shell casings outside of Pitt’s office, the office, and Levine’s office confirmed that the victims were killed with the same weapon, police said.
Dwight Jones was also linked to the killing of a Fountain Hills couple, Mary Simmons, 70, and Byron, Thomas, 72, were found dead in their home. The police said the pair occasionally met with Jones to play tennis at local parks.
Connie Jones and the Anglin said they were on a cruise and at their holiday home in northern Arizona when the murder happened.