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District Attorney seeking death penalty for triple homicide suspect

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Richmond County District Attorney Ashley Wright has filed notice in Superior Court that she will seek the death penalty for Ryan Jones.

Mark Graham lives across the street from where deputies say Ryan Jones shot his parents Roosevelt and Edna Jones and his brother Russell Jones to death in May.

Graham thinks if Jones is found guilty of murdering three of his family members he should be put to death.

"I feel like anyone that would do anything to their parents and brother should be put away for stuff like that because it's just not right," Graham, said.

He says the last time he saw the family was the week before their dead bodies were found in a wooded area behind Deer Chase Elementary.

According to a search warrant, their bodies were burned and partially dismembered; an ax and saws were found near their bodies.

Ryan Jones is charged with their murders. 

Wright's notice lists 10 circumstances which led her to pursue a death sentence.

Her office writes that the killings were, "outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhumane in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, or an aggravated battery of the victim."

The notice also says Ryan Jones allegedly killed Edna Jones to "receive money or anything else of monetary value."

Wright also says that Roosevelt, Edna and Russell Jones were slain while Jones was allegedly killing other family members. 

It could be years before Jones goes to trial but Graham says his mind is already made up.

"I really do feel like he should be put to death for what he did to his parents and his brother," he said.

If Jones is found guilty of murder, a jury will decide if he will be given a death sentence.

In order to do so, they will have to determine that at least 1 of the 10 aggravating circumstances meets the burden of true "beyond reasonable doubt."

Jones' arraignment is delayed until he's assigned an attorney. Because he's facing the death penalty he will be assigned counsel from the Capital Defender Office, which is out of Atlanta.

Jones is being mentally evaluated, once the judge receives the results he will decide if Jones is competent to stand trial.

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