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Murder suspect has court date this week

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By Larry Chambers, Staff

INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Steven Jones appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court on June 27 for a evidence suppression hearing, but it was delayed because a witness in the case could not be located.

Jones is charged with first-degree murder in 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.

Karen Boyer of Hillsville, Jones’ attorney, asked Judge Brett Geisler to set another date for the hearing.

Geisler agreed and set the hearing for July 10 at 12:30 p.m.

After numerous searches, George’s body was discovered May 22, 2013, in a ditch on Brush Creek Road in Grayson County.

Jones is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.

According to court records, Jones is scheduled for a three-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Sept. 10, 11, and 12.