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A South Carolina man has confessed to killing a California woman 21 years ago in Alabama, according to local reports.
Brian Jones, 62, packed two bags of belongings and took a bus from South Carolina to Bessemer, Alabama, to confess to the crime, Bessemer Police Lt. Christian Clemons told FOX 6 Birmingham.
Janet Luxford — from Napa, California — was last seen in Bessemer, Alabama, in 2001 when she was 41, according to the Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS). Justice.
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Her family reported her missing in 2002, telling authorities that Luxford had traveled from her residence in Jacksonville, Florida, to a motel in Bessemer in September 2001, when she was “last seen leaving with an unknown trucker,” the NamUS website says.
Jones, her boyfriend and trucker at the time, confessed to the Bessemer Police Department that he hit Luxford in the throat with a club in February 2001 after the pair argued over money at a motel de Bessemer on 9th Ave SW. He then put her body in a suitcase, which he dumped in a wooded area near Harmer Street and Valley Creek.
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“So 21 years ago, Mr. Jones was working here as a day laborer. He and Mrs. Luxford were boyfriend-girlfriend. She wanted to earn money to go home to California to see her parents and from there an argument started and he described it as getting out of control and he ended up hitting her with a club in the throat,” Clemons told FOX 6.
He told police the killing was accidental, according to the outlet.
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“It’s not even a homicide we had on our radar,” Clemons said. “It’s something he did here 21 years ago and nobody knew it happened but him.”
Jones is charged with first degree murder and abuse of a corpse. He is being held on $750,000 bail, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
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