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A Phoenix man has been arrested on suspicion of killing a former girlfriend, whose body was never found, according to Maricopa County court records.
Police say 29-year-old Jamal Lamar Jones of Phoenix also had a previous relationship with the victim’s mother, whose DNA was used to help connect him to the killing, according to court records, which add that Jones previously had been arrested in domestic-violence incidents involving the woman.
Jones was arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing after he was under police surveillance for several days, records say.
On Sept. 20, police responded to a call at an apartment complex near the 4300 block of North 35th Avenue, just west of Interstate 17, records say. A woman living there was the victim, who is not identified in the records.
Police, in a probable cause statement submitted as part of court documents, said the woman was facing eviction by an apartment manager for not paying her rent. Police were called and smelled a strong odor and observed large amounts of blood in the apartment, according to records.
Officers also noted there was a noticeable amount of cleaning products in the apartment and it appeared someone had attempted to cover blood using various paint products, records say.
Clothes belonging to Jones also were found in the apartment, along with two orders of protection, according to court documents.
Police found the victim’s vehicle abandoned the next day at an apartment complex near the 1900 block of East Osborn Road. Police said the vehicle smelled of a decomposing body. A K9 unit dog detected the presence of blood, and police found a shovel and chlorine in the vehicle.
Those purchases were traced to a south Phoenix Walmart, where police reviewed surveillance video and saw Jones in the victim’s car leaving the store the night of Sept. 21, records say.
Detectives also obtained cellphone records from July that provided evidence of excessive phone calls between Jones and the victim, court documents say.
In early October, police were able to use DNA matches, including some from the victim’s mother, to further link Jones to the killing, records say.
Records say Jones had been arrested in two previous domestic-violence incidents involving the victim earlier this year and had threatened to kill the woman.
Jones was arrested after police followed him getting into a truck with another man. He had a gun in his possession at the time, police said.
Jones was booked on one count of first-degree murder, one count of concealing and abandoning a dead body, one count of misconduct involving weapons and one count of violating probation, records say.
He was being held in a Maricopa County jail with bond set at $1 million.
Court records do not specify whether police had located the woman’s remains.
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