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"She was raped, she was brutally murdered," says Meagan Sharpton's mom Kelly. "My heart is open and bleeding and it will never close."
That heartache began last July when Meagan Sharpton, who was studying to be a nurse, answered a call from a man who wanted to meet with her about a job sitting with an elderly patient.
"She was excited," says Kelly. "She was gonna quit waiting tables and do more in line with what her career choice was."
Investigators say the whole thing was a ploy by Donnie Jones, who raped and shot Sharpton, then set her body on fire near Tim Ford's Lake.
"Our theory was the purpose of the fire is to destroy semen present in her body," says District Attorney Mike Taylor.
Taylor says the fire actually ended up preserving the evidence. That became key after investigators linked Jones to the crime through cell phone records and Sharpton's clothing found on his family's property.
"I attribute it to the Lord watching over us but at the same time a lot of hard work," says Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller.
Despite this plea, this case may not be completely over. Prosecutors are still looking at a person of interest, someone they say may have been an accomplice. Investigators declined to say much more, but the important thing for Meagan Sharpton's family is Donnie Jones headed to prison for the rest of his life. Sheriff Fuller says Donnie Jones tried to set up a similar meeting with another woman before he contacted Sharpton. Fuller believes that woman might have been a victim too if she hadn't decided to bring her mother, which prompted Jones to cancel the meeting.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 12:02 AM CST
Court rules against man who lost handgun permit
May 24, 2013 16:15 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Appeals Court has ruled against a man who claimed state law regulating the carrying of firearms was unconstitutional.
Leonard Embody filed suit in 2010 after state officials took away his carry permit, finding a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public."
The revocation came after Embody was detained by Belle Meade police in 2010 while walking with a .44 caliber black powder revolver in his hand. He was detained in 2009 while walking in Radnor Lake State Park with an AK-47-style pistol. There have been at least three similar incidents, although Embody was never charged with a crime.
Embody claimed in court the Second Amendment gave him a right to carry firearms.
The Appeals Court disagreed, ruling that the right to bear arms is not unrestricted.
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