[UPDATE] Man Accused in TPD Officer Hit and Run Arrested Again

UPDATED 10.7.2010 4pm by Julie Montanaro

Guy Jones appeared before a judge this morning. Judge Robert Wheeler ordered him held without bond until trial.

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UPDATED 10.6.2010 7:10pm by Julie Montanaro

Guy Jones has now been transferred to the Leon County Jail and will make his first appearance before a judge Thursday morning.

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*** Update 10-6-2010 8:26 am ***

A man accused of costing a TPD officer his life in a deadly hit and run has now turned himself to Wakulla Co. Jail. Jones turned himself in at around 10:08PM on October 5.

Jones is now awaiting transfer to Leon County.

He turned himself in last night, Oct. 5. We broke the story Monday night after a judge issued an arrest warrant for 23 year old Guy Jones.

Jones is accused of killing TPD officer Michael Saunders last December. He has been out on bond, but the judge just revoked that bond after learning Jones had been arrested in Georgia.

A police report from Woodstock, Georgia says Jones was a passenger in a car stopped September 18th for an expired tag. There were two loaded guns in the car, according to reports.

Stay with WCTV for the latest.

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*** Update 10-5-2010 10:47 pm ***

A man accused in a deadly hit and run that cost a TPD officer his life said he was going to turn himself into authorities tonight: But according to the Wakulla County jail, as of 10:45 pm, Guy Jones has yet to arrive..

Jones is accused of killing TPD officer Michael Saunders last December. He has been out on bond, but the judge just revoked that bond after learning Jones had been arrested in Georgia.
A police report from Woodstock, Georgia says Jones was a passenger in a car stopped September 18th for an expired tag. There were two loaded guns in the car, the report said.

Eyewitness news has been in contact with Jones who says he didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest until his family saw it on our newscast Monday night October 4. Jones says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about the deadly accident and he is trying to do the right thing by turning himself in.

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UPDATE 10.5.2010 6:20pm by Julie Montanaro

We spoke to Guy Jones on the phone just minutes ago. He says he is on his way back to Florida to turn himself in.

Jones says he didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest until his family saw it on our newscast last night.

Jones says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about the deadly accident and the pain it has caused Michael Saunders' family. He says he is trying to do the right thing by turning himself in.

As for the weapons charges in Georgia, Jones says he was a passenger in his co-worker's car and had no idea there were guns in the car.

Jones says the co-worker did have a carry permit for both of the guns.
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UPDATE 10.5.2010 4:10pm by Julie Montanaro

Guy Jones's attorney, Elizabeth Peskin, says she just learned about his arrest Monday and is still trying to get to the bottom of it.

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UPDATE 10.5.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A police report obtained from the Woodstock, Georgia Police Department shows that Guy Jones was arrested September 18th during a traffic stop for an expired Florida license tag.

Arrest papers say the car was driven by Brandon Sims of Woodstock and Jones was a front seat passenger. The officer says Sims handed him his license, insurance and weapons permits. According to arrest reports, when the officer asked if there were any weapons in the car, Sims said yes, and the officer proceeded to remove a Beretta from the glove box and a 38 caliber Cobra from the center console. Arrest papers say both guns were loaded and the Cobra had a bullet in its chamber.

Arrest papers say when the officer did a background check on Jones, it came back with a 2005 aggravated battery arrest out of Leon County. Arrest papers say Jones was then arrested for firearm possession by a convicted felon.

Sims was also cited for having an unregistered vehicle.
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10.4.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A man accused of running over a Tallahassee Police officer and fleeing the scene has been arrested in Georgia and a judge in Tallahassee has just issued a new warrant for his arrest.

Guy Jones was arrested for vehicular homicide in December 2009.
He's accused of running over veteran Tallahassee Police Officer Michael Saunders as Saunders was jogging on Paul Dirac Drive early that morning.

Jones was freed on $35,000 bond the next day.

A judge has revoked Jones's bond and has just issued a new warrant for his arrest after getting word that Jones had been arrested in Cherokee County, Georgia on firearms charges.

A spokesman with the Cherokee County, Georgia Sheriff's Office confirms Jones spent two days in jail there. Lt. Jay Baker says jail records show Jones was booked on September 18th and released on September 20th after posting an $11,200 bond.

A police spokeswoman in Woodstock, Georgia say Jones was arrested on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. We are awaiting a copy of that police report.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell says he has no idea where Jones is and says he has always been concerned that the low bond in this case may not be enough to ensure Jones shows up for trial.

We are trying to reach Jones's attorney of record, Elizabeth Peskin, for a comment on Jones's whereabouts and whether he intends to turn himself in.

Jones is scheduled to go on trial for the deadly hit and run next month. His trial is set to begin November 8th.


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  • by c Location: MD on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:32 AM
    I personally know guy and he is a good person. He has/had an issue with drugs and alcohol, and he did something stupid when under the influence. I'm not condoning what he did, but I can defend his personality, and any1 on here saying he is trash or he'll kill some1 else is wrong. Guy was a better friend to me than most of my family, and he would give anybody the shirt off his back to help them out. He isnt the 1st person to make a really bad decision because of drugs or alcohol and he won't be the last. at least he can pay for his crime and whne he gets out he'll still be a young man. I would let Guy Jones babysit my own small children without a second thought. To all who are casting stones, remember that you and yours are not perfect
  • by Jeff Location: Marietta, GA on Oct 21, 2010 at 04:17 PM
    I am a health care professional and the father of Brandon. My son got stopped because he did not have a tag on the car his mom bought for him when he was in FL attending school. Recently, Brandon and Guy struck up a friendship and are neighbors in Woodstock, GA. My son happens to like guns and has permits for them. Brandon was at the shooting range around the time him and Guy were stopped and the guns were still in the car. My son did not know of Guy's felony charges or he would not have had the guns in his car while Guy was a passenger. This was an innocent stop and Brandon's car was impounded due to not having a registered tag. Guy was arrested because my son had his registered guns in the car, period. When Guy realized of the probation violation, he went back to FL asap. By the way, my son Brandon appeared in court this week in FL to testify that the guns were his and the charges of firearms posession against Guy were dropped.
  • by Ridiculous Location: Tally on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Again.....If you don't know Guy yourself don't be so quick to judge him. It was an accident, accidents HAPPEN ALL THE TIME!!!! Lay off, he already has to wake up everyday with the burden of what happened. Nobody on here writing could possible know what he feels an deals with because of all of this, i know i couldn't myself. That's why I'm not so quick to judge. I would hate to be any of ya'll on judgment day. May all of you be blessed.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    I DID GIVE IT THOUGHT BEFORE I SAID ANYTHING. THE FACT IS 1 HE HIT. 2 HE LEFT HE LEFT THE MAN LAYING IN THE ELEMENTS AND 3 HE DID NOT COME BACK AND DO ANYTHING FOR THE MAN,TO SEE IF HE COULD. YES, SHE IS IN TROUBLE IF SHE STAYS WITH HIM. WE AREN'T TALKING ABOUT DROPING A COFFEE CUP OR EVEN RUNNING THE WATER OVER THE BATHTUB. FOR HEAVENS
  • by Ridiculous Location: Tally on Oct 9, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Are you kidding me? You obviously DON'T know Guy yourself. He would NEVER intentionally hurt ANYONE. So just lay off an give him a break. Find something else to do with your life instead of trying to make people look bad. He is with out a doubt a wonderful person, he just made a mistake. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES!! We wouldn't be human if we didn't...nobody is perfect! So i just gave that a thought for you....HE WOULD NEVER INTENTIONALLY HURT ANYONE!!!!!! My Prayers are with you Guy!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    The fact she is his girlfriend and still with him DOES MAKE HER"life a big fat trouble" so yes she IS N TROUBLE.I Don't know her to saythat she's trouble N trouble yes! (UNDERSTAND NOW) NOW!!! AS for him. HE left the guy,hurt,dieing. As sure as he did that,WHAT WOULD HE DO TO HER if HE GOT MAD ENOUGH. Give THAT A THOUGHT.
  • by Blessed Location: Wakulla on Oct 8, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    @ ? --doesn't that comment make you a monster?
  • by ? on Oct 7, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Isn't it hunting season?
  • by a friend Location: tally on Oct 7, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    how anyone could come on here and put my friend/guys gf down..... is crazy.... if you know her she is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet.... she is just in love and in the middle..... just as you would be if your gf or bf had done this......
  • by Life Location: Crawfordville on Oct 7, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    People on here are sure the fisrt to cast stones. as for Guy's girlfriend, she has never been in trouble her whole life, so how someone could call her a thug is crazy, they obviously don't know her.
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