A prisoner in California serving time for a 1995 murder is now accused of slaying a woman and her toddler son in Washington the year before, authorities said.
On Oct. 28, 1994, police found the bodies of Stacy Falcon-Dewey, 23, and Jacob “Jake” Dewey, 3, lying dead in the road next to the woman’s vehicle in Renton.
According to KIRO-TV, before her death, Falcon-Dewey had gone to pick up her son around 1 a.m. from a babysitter’s Kent apartment, which was in the same complex where suspect Jerome Frank Jones, 51, reportedly lived at the time.
“The defendant bound Stacy Falcon-Dewey, beat her, orally raped her and likely shot her child to death in front of her before killing her,” the station reported, citing King County charging documents. “The extraordinary violence and cruelty of these murders demonstrates the extreme danger he presents to society.”
Prosecutors said Jones’ semen was found on Falcon-Dewey’s body and DNA testing linked the forensic evidence to Jones in 2002, but no arrest was ever made. Officials did not disclose the reason charges were never filed at the time.
The suspect is currently incarcerated in Kern Valley State Prison in California, where he is serving time for the March 1995 murder of businessman Gregory Hebdon.
According to police, Jones fatally shot Hebdon in broad daylight behind the victim’s townhouse in Irvine, California.
Jones, who is eligible for parole in the Hebdon case in 2030, is expected to be extradited to King County in Washington to stand trial for Falcon-Dewey and her son’s murders. He will be held without bail.