Cape Coral woman arrested for murder of Marine Corps veteran

Authorities arrested a Cape Coral woman in the 1997 murder of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was killed at a Fort Myers motel.

The suspect, Michelle Ashley, 42, faces one count of First-Degree Murder with a Firearm charge. Ashley will appear before a judge for the first time on Wednesday.

Mugshot of Michelle Ashley, 42. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Mugshot of Michelle Ashley, 42. (Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

The victim, Keith Jones, 27, was shot to death on June 19, 1997, at the former Tides Motel, which was in downtown Fort Myers. Jones was a veteran of the Marine Corps and a recent graduate of the Law Enforcement Academy.

The State Attorney’s Office 20th Judicial Circuit and the Fort Myers Police Dept. made the announcement Tuesday around 7 p.m. “Today is a long time coming and I hope this indictment brings some comfort to the family of Keith Jones,” said Amira Fox, the state attorney.

Watch the announcement below:

Writer:Michael Mora
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