The Latest: Man discusses son charged in Ohio cop's slaying

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Posted: Feb 01, 2016 4:17 PM

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — The latest on the slaying of a central Ohio policeman (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

The father of a man charged with fatally shooting an Ohio policeman has told a newspaper that his youngest son was loving and kind when he wasn't using drugs.

Thirty-two-year-old Herschel Ray Jones III was indicted Monday on 10 counts in the potential death penalty case.

Half those charges relate to the slaying of 34-year-old Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. His body was found behind the village's municipal building late Jan. 17, shortly after Jones' ex-girlfriend warned police that Jones was armed and "looking to kill a cop."

Before the indictment, Jones' father told The Columbus Dispatch the shooting was a "sick" act. Herschel Jones Jr. said his son called him the day after being arrested, asked why he'd been jailed and said he doesn't intend to spend life in prison.

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2 p.m.

Investigators say the suspect in an Ohio police officer's slaying used a pistol stolen in a home burglary two months earlier.

Thirty-two-year-old Herschel Ray Jones III was indicted Monday on 10 counts in the potential death penalty case.

Knox County's prosecutor says Jones apparently will be represented by a public defender, who didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Jones is charged with aggravated murder, grand theft and evidence tampering in the slaying of 34-year-old Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. His body was found behind the village's municipal building late Jan. 17, shortly after Jones' ex-girlfriend warned police that Jones was armed and "looking to kill a cop."

Jones also is charged with assaulting that woman and with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and grand theft in the November burglary.

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12:30 p.m.

A man whose ex-girlfriend told police he left her house "looking to kill a cop" has been indicted in the fatal shooting of an Ohio officer.

The Knox County prosecutor said Monday that 32-year-old Herschel Ray Jones III has been indicted on 10 charges, including aggravated murder with a death specification. That means prosecutors will seek the death penalty if he's convicted.

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Jones has been jailed, and it's not clear if he has an attorney.

The body of 34-year-old Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found behind the village's municipal building late on Jan. 17, shortly after Jones' ex-girlfriend called and warned police. She said Jones had threatened her and was armed.

The village is about 50 miles northeast of Columbus.

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3 a.m.

Prosecutors say they plan to discuss developments in the case of an Ohio village police officer gunned down earlier this month.

The Knox County Prosecutor's Office is planning a news conference Monday in Mount Vernon to talk about the shooting.

The body of 34-year-old Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell was found behind the village municipal building late on Jan. 17. He'd been shot in the head.

Thirty-two-year-old Herschel Ray Jones III is expected to be charged. About 10 minutes before Cottrell's body was discovered, Jones' ex-girlfriend called police to say Jones was armed and left her house "looking to kill a cop."