DNA evidence has led to charges against a 51-year-old man in the murder of a woman and her baby 27 years ago, Washington police said.
The deaths of 23-year-old Stacey Falcon-Dewey and her 3-year-old son Jacob Dewey in Renton remained unsolved for decades until evidence was re-submitted for DNA analysis in December 2021, police said in a statement on the probable cause.
Investigators said they found semen on the baby’s clothes that matched the DNA of Jerome F. Jones, who is currently in jail on charges of murder in 1995, a year later accused of killing Falcon-Dewey and her child.
The recent discovery came 20 years after authorities handed over swabs and fingernails from Falcon-Dewey’s body to a Washington state patrol lab, police said. Police said detectives found semen on the woman’s nail clippings, and the DNA profile matched Jones.
But it was only after recent DNA evidence was tested that Jones, a career criminal with multiple convictions, was charged with the murder of a mother and child.
A DNA sample collected from a child’s jacket is “3.6 million times more likely to observe this DNA profile if it comes from Jerome Jones than from any unrelated person randomly selected from the U.S. population,” police said.
Nimillion it is “a number equal to 1 followed by 30 zeros,” according to Merriam-Webster.
On Feb. 15, prosecutors charged Jones with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
Jones has been in jail since 1998 after being convicted of first-degree murder for a 1995 fatal shooting in California, police said.
Falcon-Dewey and her child were found on a city street with multiple gunshot wounds by a Seattle Times newspaper delivery man around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 28, 1994, police said.
Neighbors later told police they heard gunshots at 2:10 p.m.
According to police, the mother and child were lying in the middle of the street near her 1984 Buick Century. Police said Falcon Dewey had gunshot wounds to the back of the head, shoulder and arms, as well as wounds to the head and bruises on the neck.
Police said Jacob Dewey received two gunshot wounds to the head.
“The convict tied Stacy Falcan-Dewey, beat her, verbally raped her and probably shot her child in front of her before killing her,” the indictment said.
Police said items from the Falcon-Dewey handbag and car were thrown around and out of the car, prompting detectives to believe a fight had taken place.
A brown packing tape was also found at the scene because of the car, and it appears it was being used as a binding, police said.
Police said Falcon-Dewey took her son from the nanny’s apartment between 1 and 2 a.m. before they were found dead about 4.5 miles away. Falcon-Dewey used to live in a residential complex, and later police found that Jones also lived there in 1993-94. He told police he did not know Falcon-Dewey.
Police investigated the case for several years, but had no serious investigations or “convincing suspects” until they provided DNA evidence.