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Husband indicted on first-degree murder charges in wife's death

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Investigators said Jones admitted arguing with his estranged wife, and the argument lead to her death. Investigators said Jones admitted arguing with his estranged wife, and the argument lead to her death.
The mother of two children was going through a contentious divorce with Jones. The mother of two children was going through a contentious divorce with Jones.
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(WMC-TV) - A Germantown man who told police he killed his wife was indicted Tuesday on first-degree murder charges and abuse of a corpse, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Chris Jones, 41, turned down a negotiated settlement, which would have allowed him to plead guilty to second-degree murder and a sentence of 25 years in prison with no parole for the death of Heather Palumbo-Jones.

He will be arraigned Thursday before Criminal Court Judge Bobby Carter on the new charges that carry life in prison, life without parole or death.

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.

The murder case is being handled by assistant district attorneys Theresa McCusker and Danielle McCollum, members of the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit.

The DVPU works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide domestic violence victims and their families access to a range of services and assistance.

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