Jones gets new trial date in murder case

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By Larry Chambers, Staff

INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones, who faces a first-degree murder charge, was granted a new trial date by Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Brett Geisler during an appearance last Friday.

His jury trial was originally set for Sept. 10, 11 and 13, but it was changed to Nov. 19-21.

He is represented by Hillsville attorney Karen Boyer.

Jones, 35, is charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared.

Local law enforcement officers and agencies from surrounding areas conducted numerous searches for George before her body was found May 22, 2013, in a ditch on Brush Creek Road in Grayson County, about six feet off the pavement.

In October 2013, Jones was charged with George’s murder in Grayson County Circuit Court through a direct indictment.

When he was charged, Jones was being held in the Randolph County, N.C., jail on charges related to a bank robbery.

In January, he waived extradition and was returned to Grayson County. He is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.