Bond Denied for Grandson Charged in Van Wert Murder

By Megan Trent

October 4, 2010 Updated Oct 4, 2010 at 6:47 PM EDT

VAN WERT, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Details surrounding the past of a man accused of killing his elderly grandmother come out in court. While many of the details surrounding 84-year-old Edna Larue's death remain a mystery Monday, her grandson's criminal background is coming to light.

In his first court appearance, 36-year-old Shawn Jones was denied bond Monday. Prosecutors cited several past felony convictions, including convictions in 2002 for a sex crime and possession of a deadly weapon. They say in 2006 Jones was also convicted of theft and in 2009 he was convicted of burglary.

Friends of the family say Jones was involved in a serious car accident several years ago that they say "changed" him. Evelyn Fedele's two children went to school with Jones. She says, "He used to play basketball and he was liked by all the kids in school. Then after the accident, I think it did cause some brain injury. He was on life support, and after that he was kind of more childish, more slow. That's my perspective of him, but I didn't think he would hurt a fly."

It's a crime that has left the community stunned. Fedele says, "I just didn't think he had it in him. I mean, he would bend over backwards for you. So, it was totally out of the character I knew of Shawn. My daughter and son said he loved his grandparents. I guess he had a couple of them, and they met both of them. He said he was like their number one grandchild. So, like I said, something snapped."

Jones was arrested early Saturday morning after police found the body of his grandmother in her Van Wert home. Police have yet to reveal a possible motive in the case or the exact cause of death.

Jones' next court appearance is scheduled for this Friday at 2:00 p.m.

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