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Suspect arrested in slaying of young mother

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By Jeanie Powell - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a Huntsville woman on Monday.

Police officials confirmed to WAFF 48 News that Arthur Earl Williams was taken into custody early Wednesday evening and later charged in the death of Jamica Renee Jones, 21, who was discovered dead inside her apartment on 11th Street Monday morning.

Jones' body was taken to the state forensics lab. WAFF 48 News was told the autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and Huntsville investigators will likely see the results Thursday or Friday.

Family members said Jones was the mother of three, and also said she was brought up in church, smiled all the time, and never had an enemy.

Purple flowers sat on the doorstep outside Apartment F on Wednesday where she sas found. A red Tahoe neighbors said the victim drove to and from work was also parked outside.

"I was just in here doing my normal routine, and I heard the fire truck and the ambulance drive up," said neighbor Bobbie Henderson.

Henderson was surprised to hear the commotion.

"I first thought about the children, maybe something had happened to them, she's got a 3-month-old baby," said Henderson.

Other neighbors said Jones, who went by Mica, lived alone with her three young children. Family members said the children are six months old, two years, and five years old, and they were there at the time of the crime.

Police still aren't revealing details of this investigation as far as a cause of death, a motive, or circumstances surrounding Jones' death. However, neighbors said officers told them it was a shooting.

"We will always love her. Her spirit is always there, the smiles, the conversations that we had, everything you know, it will be missed," said her cousin Rosalyn Moore.

Moore described her cousin as a good, devoted mother, and a happy person who loved her children and everyone around her.

Jones was a working mom at White Gloves Cleaning Services, getting ready to start Faulkner University in the fall.

"She is known for doing hair.  Everybody knows Mica does hair, she loves loves designing things," said Moore.

On Wednesday before the arrest, family members said they had no idea who would hurt her.

"I wish we did, I would really like to anybody that knows anything, any leads, please just come forth, and just please put her family at ease," said Moore. "What do you tell a child when you tell them about their mom and you have no way other to explain she's gone with Christ, that's where she is."

Moore fought back tears as she asked the public for someone to come forward.

"You can't bring her back, you just keep her sprit within you and I just pray we all be at peace together and whoever has done this cruel thing to please come forward."

Meanwhile, Mica Jones had no life insurance and her single father will take care of her three children. A fund has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union for anyone who wants to help.

Family members said the children desperately need food and clothing, especially the six month old baby.

Funeral services for Mica Jones will be held Saturday at Zion Progress at 2 p.m.

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