Man arrested in connection to nursing student's death - WKRN News 2

Man arrested in connection to nursing student's death

Posted: Updated: Sep 27, 2012 10:40 PM
Donnie Jones, 37, was booked into the Coffee County jail Thursday. Donnie Jones, 37, was booked into the Coffee County jail Thursday.
Megan Sharpton's beaten and burned body was discovered during the early morning hours of July 2. Megan Sharpton's beaten and burned body was discovered during the early morning hours of July 2.
Photo courtesy of the Tullahoma News. Photo courtesy of the Tullahoma News.
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -

Authorities in Tullahoma made an arrest in connection to the murder of a 24-year-old nursing student whose body was found beaten and burned along a rural roadway in July.

Donnie Jones was arrested Thursday afternoon after police searched his Bel-Aire Drive home earlier in the day.

The 37-year-old was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and booked into the Coffee County jail.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Megan's mother, Kelly Sharpton, following Jones' arrest.

"I was very grateful for our community, grateful for all the girls in our community who are a little bit safer tonight," Kelly said. "My biggest fear was this was going to happen to another family."

The grieving mother said she is hopeful the arrest will eventually lead to peace for her and her family.

"It is my first step towards peace, and Megan's peace and once the system does its job then peace will come for Megan and justice will come from that," she said.

"My child is gone forever, forever. I miss her with every fiber of my being. I miss her laugh, I miss her love and I miss her generosity," she continued, adding, "I'm proud of my daughter for being strong enough, even in her death to stop this from happening again."

Jones remains jailed on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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