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For murder suspect it's bail, jail, bail again

Jonathan Dye Jones, accused of shooting a man to death, is arrested on cocaine charges while awaiting trial.

By BRADY DENNIS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 14, 2001


ZEPHYRHILLS -- Only hours after Jonathan Dye Jones stood in court Tuesday and asked to have his murder trial delayed, he found himself in jail again -- on drug charges.

Jones, charged with the Jan. 8 shooting of Florentino Cano, was in court about 9 a.m. Tuesday in jeans, cowboy boots and a western shirt.

About 2:15 p.m., sheriff's deputies arrested him in Zephyrhills for alleged cocaine possession.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, deputies got a call about someone wielding an unspecified weapon at 38818 Seventh Ave.

They located Jones, 34, who had left the scene in a brown Ford pickup truck.

Deputies said Jones was irate and demanded to know why he had been stopped. They said a crack pipe sat in plain view on the front seat of the truck.

They also said they found an unspecified amount of crack cocaine inside a pack of Marlboro cigarettes in a compartment on the driver's side door.

Jones faces charges of cocaine possession and possession of paraphernalia.

Deputies said that Jones was carrying $1,295 in cash. He told them that he needed to talk to a detective to get some help.

According to the report, he then spontaneously stated: "The money is for dynamite. I am supposed to buy it to blow up someone."

Jones was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, but he didn't stay long.

Jail officials said he posted $10,500 bail about noon on Wednesday. He already was free on $110,500 bail while he awaits his trial on a first-degree murder charge.

In that case, authorities say Jones shot Cano, 47, to death in a robbery scam gone bad in Dade City.

Investigators say he was working with prostitutes when they concocted a scheme for the women to have sex with Cano and then rob him.

Jones has pleaded innocent to the charge.

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