Megan’s Law offender sought in Franklin Co. murder
FRANKLIN CO.(WPMT) A Franklin county father and son are accused in the Thanksgiving Eve murder of a Chambersburg man. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced charges late today against Barton Patrick Jones, 56 and his son Patrick Leroy Barton Holden, 21, in the murder of Lucas Coons of Chambersburg.
According to the criminal complaint, Lucas Coons was killed following an alleged drug deal gone bad. A review of text messages sent to and from Jones helped investigators crack the case.
Coons was found by Chambersburg Police the morning of Wednesday, November 26, 2014 dead in the passenger side of his own vehicle near EJ’s Grill, Chambersburg, where Barton Jones drove and abandoned the car, according to the affidavit.
Jones is charged with one count of Criminal Homicide, one count of Persons Not to Possess Firearms, one count of Failure to comply with Megan’s Law registration requirements, two counts of Abuse of a Corpse, two counts of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, one count of False Reports to Law Enforcement authorities and one count of Intimidation of Witnesses.
Patrick Holden allegedly helped dispose of Coons’ body and was taken into custody on Tuesday, December 3.
Holden is charged with two counts of Abuse of a Corpse and two counts of Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence. He is being held at the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He faces a preliminary hearing later this month.
Barton Jones, remains at large. He is registered sex offender and convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call PSP- Chambersburg at (717) 264-5161.