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Jones guilty in 2003 Bartlett murders

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A jury in Memphis found Henry Lee Jones guilty Tuesday of all charges in the 2003 murder of an elderly Bartlett couple.

Family members of Clarence and Lillian James embraced following the verdict they've waited six years to hear.

"We the jury find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder," read the judge.

The elderly Bartlett couple was found dead in their home in August 2003.  Both had been stabbed and their throats slashed during a heinous home invasion.

"We came for justice and we received justice and now justice has been served -- we at closure," said daughter-in-law Lena Wilson.  

The case against Henry Lee Jones hinged on the testimony of accomplice Tevarus Young, whom the defense tried unsuccessfully to discredit.

Two other families from two states also came to Memphis to see Jones convicted.

"This man deserves everything he got," said Philip Gross.

Jones is the prime suspect in the 2002 murder of his son, Keith.

"He's off the streets and thank God nobody else will be hurt," said Gross's wife, Marjorie.

Evidence from the murder of 19 year-old Carlos Perez was actually introduced during this trial.  He was killed in the same manner as the Jameses, in Melbourne Florida, where Jones was arrested four days later.

"I think it's gonna support our case," said Carlos's father, William Perez. "We've waited a long time," he added.

Both families are fighting for trials in their respective cases as well.  They hope for the same result.

"Absolutely," said Perez.

That would ensure suspected serial killer Henry Lee Jones is held accountable for all of his suspected crimes.

Sentencing in the James double murder case begins Wednesday morning. Lee faces the death penalty or life in prison.   

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