For Immediate Release

SANDY SPRINGS, GEORGIA (July 2, 2020) – An arrest was made today, closing a chapter in the 2018 murder of Kay Thomasson. The Sandy Springs Police Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Office, located the suspect this morning at an address in Decatur, Georgia, just days after the second anniversary of her death. 

On June 27, 2018, 71-year-old Kay Thomasson was murdered in the early morning hours at her Sandy Springs home on Old Woodbine Road in the Derby Hills neighborhood. After a dedicated investigation utilizing all technologies at their disposal, Sandy Springs Police Detectives were able to identify 24-year-old James Christopher Jones as the person responsible for murdering Thomasson. This morning Mr. Jones was taken into custody in Dekalb County without incident. 

Sandy Springs Police Detectives took custody of Jones and transported him to Fulton County Jail. Under this investigation, James Christopher Jones has been charged with the following:

“This case was very complex, and our detectives worked non-stop to bring it to a successful conclusion with an arrest. We want to thank the U.S. Marshals Office for their continued partnership and support in making this arrest,” said Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone.   

If anyone has any additional information on this case, please contact SSPD Detective JT Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 770-551-6937