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Germantown man accused of killing wife appears in court

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(WMC-TV) – A Germantown man accused of killing his wife, who was a teacher in Frayser, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday night.

Chris Jones professed his innocence as recently as Tuesday, before Germantown Police said he confessed. Wednesday night, he formally heard the charges against him.

Accused killer Chris Jones wore street clothes during his initial appearance in Germantown Municipal Court.

"You are charged with 2nd degree murder," Judge Robert Brannon said. "It carries a punishment between 15 and 60 years."

Judge Brannon formally arraigned Jones and appointed a public defender who did all of the talking.

"I'm not going to speak on anything that has to do with his demeanor or anything at this point," William L. Johnson said. "It's a little too early for that."

Germantown police said Jones confessed to killing his estranged wife Heather Palumbo-Jones during an altercation, despite the fact that he claimed on TV he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

The respected teacher's body was found a week after she was reported missing, in some woods where police said Jones led them.

"I think we're relieved we have Heather and they have Chris," friend Melissa Smith said.

Friends of Palumbo-Jones attended a news conference earlier Wednesday, but were not present during the court hearing in the same room where Jones was called back from a jail cell to receive a copy of his affidavit.

Jones will be transferred to 201 Poplar pending a May 1st report date back in city court, or until he makes his one million dollar bond.

The couple's two children are now without their mom and dad. They are staying with their maternal grandparents.

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