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Judge orders mental evaluation for Chris Jones

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(WMC-TV) - Friends of Heather Palumbo Jones filled almost an entire row at the Germantown courtroom Wednesday. They gathered to see Heather's estranged husband, accused in her death, facing a judge.

"He needs to see us every single time. If we can't all be here, some of us will be here every single time," said friend Melissa Smith.

Chris Jones is charged with second degree murder in her death last month.

The judge ordered a mental evaluation for Chris Jones, which is fairly routine according to Jones' public defender.

"That will prove he is sane, and hopefully it will assure better justice," said Smith.

Chris Jones sat in the courtroom and said nothing with a hand on each knee. The body of Heather, a kindergarten teacher, was found near Highway 64 and Collierville-Arlington Road several days after she disappeared from her Germantown home.

The mother of two children was going through a contentious divorce with Jones.

Investigators said Jones admitted arguing with his estranged wife, and the argument lead to her death. They said he admitted disposing of her body.

Chris Jones is scheduled to be back in court June 12 for the results of the mental evaluation, and for a preliminary hearing that could reveal more details of the crime.

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