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Convicted rapist arrested for Coffee Co. murder

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

An arrest has raised more questions about the murder of a woman found shot and burned in Coffee County.

The body of 58-year-old Connie Lou Brown was found inside the Summitville Caves just over a month ago.

Tonight Jimmy Jones Jr. is in jail, accused of killing her. However, investigators still don't know how it happened or why.

Authorities also cannot say exactly where the murder happened, but they consider the arrest progress.

As a convicted rapist, Jones wore a GPS device as part of his probation.

That technology connected him to the specific place where detectives found the burned body of Brown on March 9 in a rock quarry in Coffee County.

Today the investigation turned to Warren County.

Earlier this week authorities executed a search warrant at a McMinnville home where Jones' niece lives.

Jones himself lives about 20 minutes away at a home in Morrison with his mother and stepfather.

Brown's longtime roommate said she did not deserve to die this way.

"It just tore me up," said Mike McBride, Brown's roommate. "I'd be up and down all night and everything, and having weird dreams about it. It was hard. I think people should come forward if they know anything."

Jones remains in the Coffee County Jail on a $2 million bond facing a first-degree murder charge.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who saw him and Brown together. Contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation or the Coffee County Sheriff's Office if you have information.

Part of cracking the case centers on understanding the relationship between the two. It is still possible this was a random act.

In 1998 Jones grabbed a woman as she walked down a Wilson County road, forced her into his truck and took her to his trailer where he raped and beat her. He served 12 years in prison for the crime and got out in the fall.

The TBI said the body was so badly damaged by the fire that it is unclear at this time if Brown was sexually assaulted.

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