Troy Jones sentenced to life plus 10 years in Elimisha Gates murder

Troy Leroy Jones

McDONOUGH — The Jonesboro man accused of killing a woman at a Stockbridge motel pleaded not guilty Wednesday to malice murder, felony murder aggravated assault, and weapons charges in the August incident.

Tory Leroy Jones, 44, was indicted by a grand jury in Henry County Superior Court last week for the murder of 40-year-old Elimisha Maryetta Gates.

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’s body inside one of the motel rooms.

The jury accused Jones of fatally shooting the Atlanta woman. He was apprehended Aug. 26 in the Huntsville, Ala., area. The Henry County Police Department issued a lookout for the man after identifying him as a suspect Aug. 24.

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 located the suspect in a residence, where a brief standoff occurred before Jones was taken into custody.

Jones is also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jones is being held in Henry County Jail without bond, where he will await trial.


Public safety reporter Chelsea Prince joined the Henry Herald and Clayton News Daily in 2016. She is a graduate of Emory University.

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