Suspect confesses in many years-old cold circumstance of Bay Area woman’s murder

With all of his belongings stowed in two compact baggage, Brian Edward Jones boarded a bus from South Carolina to Birmingham, Alabama March 27, producing his way to the little Jefferson County suburb of Bessemer. When he arrived, he stood outdoors the Bessemer police station — mustering up the will to confess to the unsolved murder of Bay Space girl Janet Luxford 21 many years previously.

Up right up until Jones’ confession, all that was regarded of Luxford’s disappearance was claimed in 2002 by her daughter. Luxford’s daughter instructed Napa police that her mom experienced left her home in Jacksonville, Florida in September 2001 — and was final seen at a motel in Bessemer with a trucker. 

Bessemer Law enforcement Lt. Christian Clemons, who described the scenario as a “once-in-a-occupation kind situation” to WBRC in Birmingham, explained the occasions major up to Luxford’s murder.

“So 21 several years back, Mr. Jones was here functioning as a working day laborer,” Clemons said “He and Ms. Luxford were being boyfriend-girlfriend. She wanted to get funds to go back again to dwelling, which is California, to see her people and from that, an argument started off to which he explained acquired out of hand and he finished up hitting her with a club in the throat.”

Jones instructed police that the murder was accidental, but he packed her corpse inside a green suitcase — having it to a remote region just by a close by creek.


Days afterwards, on March 29, Jones took Bessemer police to the web site near the creek wherever he dumped the suitcase, in accordance to the Birmingham News. Law enforcement located skeletal remains continue to inside of the suitcase, WBRC claimed.

The continues to be have yet to be confirmed as Luxford’s, a procedure that could take up to nine months. But Bessemer police have charged Jones with Luxford’s murder and the “abuse of a corpse,” in accordance to WBRC, and is staying held on a $765,000 bond.

As for why Jones waited so extended to confess to the murder, he stated to Bessemer police that he did not want to “disappoint his mothers and fathers.” His mom and dad died in 2021.

“He appeared enormously remorseful and appeared to be somebody who had been carrying excess weight of this close to for a long time and was relieved to have it in excess of,” Clemons explained to the Birmingham Information.