“I felt that I had a personal terrorist,” she said. “I had someone who was specifically targeting me, someone who had time and nothing else to do but think about how to hurt me. His death, I think, is the best thing to come out of this ordeal.”
Jones said the man she was married to for more than 20 years was likable at first but his behavior became more erratic and his appearance disheveled. She said he used the courts to further torture her after she filed for divorce in 2009 and after his arrest on a domestic violence charge at their home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Authorities say Dwight Jones, 56, remained bitter about his divorce years after they split and began confronting people linked to the breakup and shooting them. The shooting deaths happened over four days. Dwight Jones took his own life as police closed in on him at a Scottsdale extended-stay hotel where he lived for several years.
Connie Jones’ current husband and a former police detective, Rick Anglin, first suspected the killings were committed by Dwight Jones. Anglin said he recognized the offices of those who were killed, including two paralegals who worked for the same firm as Connie Jones’ divorce attorney and a forensic psychiatrist who testified in the divorce case, and alerted police.
One paralegal, Veleria Sharp, 48, had worked at the firm for about a year, and the other, Laura Anderson, 49, for 10 years, said the divorce attorney, Elizabeth Feldman. The psychiatrist, Steven Pitt, 59, testified in the divorce case that Dwight Jones had anxiety and mood disorders, and he was at risk of using violence against his wife, child and himself.
Marriage counselor Marshall Levine, 72, was targeted in an apparent case of mistaken identity, authorities said.