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Posted on: June 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] APD Arrest Suspect in Abilene Homicide


UPDATE: On Monday, June 14, 2021, detectives with Criminal Investigations arrested

31-year-old Joel Rakesh Laundre Thomas of Abilene in connection to the Homicide of

68-year-old Judi Jones. Thomas is the grandson of the deceased. He is being held at

the Taylor County Jail and charged with Murder.



Police Investigating Homicide at South Abilene Apartment Complex

 Original release:


ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department was called out just before 8 a.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021, to an apartment complex located in the 5200 Block of Alamo Dr. The calling party reported a deceased female inside one of the apartments.

Next of kin notification has been made. Officers arrived and located 68-year-old Judi Jones inside the apartment, deceased from apparent trauma. Criminal Investigation Detectives are currently working on this incident as a homicide and are looking for possible suspect or suspects.

This is an active investigation. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, contact Abilene Crime Stoppers at 676-8477 (TIPS) to remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.





Rick Tomlin

Public Information Coordinator 

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