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Arrest made in Beecher Terrace murder

John Percell (Source: Family photo) John Percell (Source: Family photo)
James Wesley Jones (Source: LMDC) James Wesley Jones (Source: LMDC)
The doorway where John Percell was shot to death. The doorway where John Percell was shot to death.
Metro police on the scene of the April 10, 2013 shooting. Metro police on the scene of the April 10, 2013 shooting.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have made an arrest in the murder of a man at an apartment in a city public housing complex.

James Wesley Jones, 31, was arrested April 14 for the April 10 murder of John "Jay" Percell.

Percell was hit by a shotgun blast as he walked out of an apartment in the 400 block of South 13th Street in Beecher Terrace. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members say he was visiting a girlfriend.

Police say Jones turned himself in Sunday night. According to an arrest report, Jones was identified by witnesses as the person who fired the shotgun blasts at Percell. The report also says Jones made statements to detectives about his involvement.

Percell's mother, Pamela Fields, talked to WAVE 3 on Monday. Percell's funeral is on Tuesday, Fields says the arrest doesn't give her any closure. Police say an ongoing dispute between Jones and Percell lead to the shooting. 

"I just don't believe it, is why I want to ask him why," said Fields. "Why do you wanna go all the way back 5 years ago claiming that Jay was with his wife. But, I don't believe it. I don't believe it."

In addition to murder, Jones is charged with wanton endangerment and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Jones has a lengthily criminal history. Jones was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections and is being held on a $1 million dollars bond. He will be back in court on April 25th.

Police also arrested another man in this case last week. Authorities say Charles Hill picked up a gun lying next to Percell's body and hid it with plans to get it later in order to sell it. He's charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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