Bond set at $1 million for murder suspect

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By Larry Chambers, Staff

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Bond for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend has been increased to $1 million.
Grayson County Chief Deputy David Ashby said Matthew Steven Jones, 36, was indicted Oct. 25 by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury and charged with murder in connection with the death of Desia Rae George.

Jones is a prisoner in the Randolph County Jail in Asheboro, N.C. He faces a charge of bank robbery in Ramseur, N.C., and was held on a $250,000 bond.
After Grayson authorities charged Jones with murder, the bond was increased to $1 million to ensure he remains in jail.
According to the indictment, Jones is accused of killing George some time between April 25 and May 22, the day her body was found. Her family reported her missing April 16.
George’s body was discovered beside Brush Creek Road in Grayson, after her cell phone was discovered a short distance away.
Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said that, because Jones has charges pending trial in North Carolina, the Virginia murder charge will not be tried until the completion of his North Carolina cases. Jones would then be returned to Virginia to stand trial on the murder indictment.
Jones is charged with common law robbery in the April 29 robbery of Fidelity Bank in Ramseur, N.C. He was also charged on May 9 with financial card fraud, financial card theft, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. On May 10, he was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and larceny of a firearm.
A preliminary hearing on the robbery charge has been set for Dec. 6.