Mental Evaluation For Murder Suspect

Donnie Jones

A court-ordered mental evaluation will delay a prosecution decision on whether to seek the death penalty for Donnie Frank Jones, Jr. in the July kidnapping, rape and slaying of Tullahoma nursing student Megan Sharpton. District Attorney Mike Taylor says that his office still is considering whether or not to filing of a notice that prosecutors will seek the death penalty. The 37-year-old Jones of 1912 Bel-Aire Drive in Tullahoma is charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. He pleaded not guilty during a Franklin County Circuit Court hearing in November and remains in the Franklin County Jail without bond. Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller says that the evaluation has already started.