Cleveland, Ohio: Caitlin Koons, a 17-year-old girl from Cleveland, Ohio, beat her boyfriend’s mother to death with a rock after she failed to comply with her demands to “do something about her” within five hours, authorities said.
Koones is facing murder charges in the April death of Nicole Jones, 53, who denied having a relationship with an underage girl her son Jonathan Jones had.
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Jonathan Jones, 33, has a previous conviction for child endangerment
Jonathan, 33, was previously convicted of child endangerment and other charges for his illicit relationship with Koons, according to reports.
According to prosecutors, Koones left her foster home in April to be with Jonathan and told her to get rid of her mother, who was preventing them from being together.
Sylvania Township Police Department Detective Jake Albright said in court Friday, Nov. 17, “Kaitlyn told Jonathan that she needed to do something about her mother because she was keeping him from being together, and she gave him five hours. Her,” Cleveland 19 News reported.
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When the deadline loomed and Jonathan did nothing, Koons decided to take matters into his own hands. She grabbed a rock from outside and attacked Nicole in the kitchen, beating her several times and strangling her. Jonathan sat in the living room and did not intervene, prosecutors said.
Caitlin Koons and Jonathan Jones tried to cover up the murder and flee to Mexico
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The couple went to two local stores and bought a tarp and garbage bags to wrap the body and clean up the blood. They put the body in Jonathan’s car and drove it to a nearby apartment complex, where they dumped it in a trash bin, then took it to a landfill, ABC 13 reported.
Police say it’s unlikely Nicole’s body will ever be recovered.
After disposing of the body, the two suspects fled to Mexico, where they were arrested the following month.
Police were alerted to a text message Koones sent from her foster home to a nurse who was on the run after killing two men. The identity of some other victims is not clear.
How did the police track down Kaitlin Coons and Jonathan Jones?
Koones confessed to the killing and gave details that matched GPS data from Jonathan’s phone and watch, authorities reported.
Jonathan wore an ankle monitor as part of his earlier sentence, which helped police track him.
Koones is now charged with murder, aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
It was a year before the couple started walking together, however, “at that time, the victim provided authorities with a false name and birthday.”
Her attorney, Ann Baronas, argued that she was Jonathan’s victim, who manipulated her and violated a no-contact order. N**e pictures from Jonathan’s phone and the couple getting intimate were also recovered.
Jonathan is also charged with his mother’s murder and is being held on $1.125 million bond.
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