Woman indicted in slaying of Tellico Plains resident
By Michael Thomason | Advocate Democrat
MADISONVILLE — Law enforcement officers bypassed the usual route of arresting and entering the General Sessions court system to take a woman suspected in a Nov. 23 killing straight to a grand jury.
Robyn Jones was indicted this week on charges of felony murder, theft under $500 and first-degree murder in the shooting and killing of Rebecca Joanne Holt Stratton at a home on Towee Falls Road outside of Tellico Plains the day after Thanksgiving.
Investigators said at that time Stratton had been shot in the head in an apparent argument over drugs.
The indictment now states Jones shot Stratton while stealing less than $500 from her. The grand jury stated it believed Jones had planned the murder, leading to the first-degree murder charge.
Jones, 49, is being held at the Monroe County Jail on a bond of $100,000. Sheriff Bill Bivens praised his officers’ work in getting Jones indicted and that justice could now be sought for Stratton and her family.
Jones’ son, Jonathan Jones, 25, died after he was slashed in the throat Dec. 14, 2011, in McMinn County. Skiver Millsaps of Tellico Plains stands charged with Jones’ son’s killing.