Motel murder suspect arrested in Alabama

Tory Leroy Jones

STOCKBRIDGE — The man accused of murdering a woman at a motel near Stockbridge last week has been arrested in Alabama.

The Henry County Police Department stated Saturday that Tory Leroy Jones, 44, was apprehended late Friday night in the Huntsville, Ala., area with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service and members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

According to authorities, deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office working alongside the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Jones to Huntsville. U.S. Marshals there located the suspect in a residence, where a brief standoff occurred before Jones was taken into custody.

“Henry County police detectives are in Huntsville to continue with the murder investigation,” Capt. Joey Smith stated in a release Saturday.

Jones is a suspect in the domestic-related murder of 40-year-old Elimisha Maryetta Gates of Atlanta. Police were called sometime around noon Aug. 23 to the Express Inn & Suites located at 619 Ga. Highway 138 W. in Stockbridge, near the Clayton County line, when members of the maintenance staff found Gates’ body inside one of the motel rooms.

The following day, Henry County police identified Jones as the suspect and issued a lookout for him and the vehicle he was last seen driving somewhere in the area of Stockbridge and Jonesboro. Police believed at that time that Jones was attempting to leave the state.

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