Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announced that a Jefferson Davis County jury convicted Oakvale resident, Carlos C. Jones on the charge of second degree murder. Jones was charged with the shooting and killing of his wife, Tabatha Smith Jones, on December 6, 2014 at their home in Oakvale, MS. The trial concluded on October 12, 2016 and the Jefferson Davis County court sentenced Jones to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 35 years to serve and 5 years of supervision post release from prison. The court also charged a fine of $5,000.00 to be awarded to the Mississippi Victim’s Compensation Fund and an award to the victim’s mother.
The Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Morris Sweatt and Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Watts.