Elwood Jones

Elwood Jones was sentenced to death after being convicted for the 1994 murder of Rhoda Nathan, a guest at the hotel where he worked as a custodian. He has always maintained his innocence and absolutely denied involvement in Ms. Nathan’s death.

Ms. Nathan was found unconscious on the floor of the hotel suite she occupied at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash, Ohio, on September 3, 1994. She had been badly beaten and two of her teeth had been knocked out. Blood was found in several places in the room. Ms. Nathan was also without a necklace that family and friends said she wore constantly. No one witnessed the attack.

Elwood Jones had been working in the hotel on that day, and he voluntarily submitted to police questioning. Several other employees reported seeing Elwood working that day and remembered him being clean and acting normally. A cut on Elwood’s hand that he received while taking out trash on the morning of Ms. Nathan’s death later became infected, and he sought treatment and workers compensation for his injury. After police learned about Elwood’s cut, they focused on him as a suspect. Police searched Elwood’s car, and his and a friend’s residences, and questioned him at the station. But none of the blood, fingerprint, or trace evidence collected from the scene of the crime, nor from Elwood’s car, clothing, or other possessions, matched him with the crime scene or the victim. To this day, zero forensic evidence ties Elwood to Ms. Nathan’s homicide.

Source : December 2013 memorandum in opposition to the State’s motion to set execution date.

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  2. This website is inaccurate. There was plenty of evidence. How about the lady’s necklace in the trunk of his car for one. I don’t know who writes this site but they do no research.

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  3. No evidence? If you read the police report, Jones was extremely uncooperative from the moment the police arrived at the hotel to question all of the employees (not just him). He attempted to evade being questioned and refused to cooperate until compelled to under threat of arrest. He changed his story several times; meanwhile, the victim’s blood and her belongings (including a rare necklace) were found in the trunk of Jones’ car. The infection on his head was forensically linked to bacteria which could only be found on the victim’s teeth, acquired when Jones struck her in the mouth. Marks on the victim’s face matched a door chain and walkie-talkie which Jones had with him at the time of the murder and afterwards. The evidence was overwhelming and Jones was convicted by the jury after 10 hours of deliberation. His primary defense was that the police framed him, planted evidence, and teh prosecutor and judge were out to get him because he was black. His execution date, by the way, was just set for early 2019.

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    1. Couldn’t come earlier enough. He deserves to go for the abhorrent death Mrs. Nathan suffered.

      This website is a joke and left out EVERY factual evidence collected by officials that pointed definitively at Elwood Jones. Elwood deserves to die. End of story. There’s no saving a monster like that.

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    2. You apparently don’t know your facts either.

      Fact #1 He did NOT attempt to evade questioning. He did comply with police.

      Fact #2 The only thing that was linked to the victim in his trunk was the pendant. They said the chains in his trunk MAY HAVE been used but never forensically proved it. There was no blood on his clothing, there were no hairs either. His shoes did NOT match the print in the blood.

      Fact #3 The bacteria that caused the infection in his hand was NOT forensically matched as coming from Mrs. Nathan’s mouth. It was only stated that the only place you can get that type of infection from that type of bacteria is from the HUMAN mouth. That does not mean it actually came from her mouth.

      If you’re going to make comments know your facts.

      Was he a douche? most definitely.
      Could he have done it? absolutely
      Was it proven BEYOND a reasonable doubt that he in fact did do it? Most definitely NOT.
      Have there been cases of people being framed because of their background? Yes there has MANY MANY TIMES.
      How much more often in the black community than in a white community? More often than it should.

      What happened to this woman was absolutely monstrous and truly sad. But when looking at the case they chains hadn’t even been tested for her tissue or blood. The only SINGLE thing that was in his possession which was in his car trunk of all places was her pendant. Not even the whole necklace. So how do you know that he was the person to commit the crime. How do you know that the pendant wasn’t planted because there was NOTHING ELSE TO LINK HIM TO THIS CRIME. Other than him having a background and he seemed to be the best person to take down.

      And yes I saw and have read the full case file.

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    3. You apparently don’t know your facts either.

      Fact #1 He did NOT attempt to evade questioning. He did comply with police.

      Fact #2 The only thing that was linked to the victim in his trunk was the pendant. They said the chains in his trunk MAY HAVE been used but never forensically proved it. There was no blood on his clothing, there were no hairs either. His shoes did NOT match the print in the blood.

      Fact #3 The bacteria that caused the infection in his hand was NOT forensically matched as coming from Mrs. Nathan’s mouth. It was only stated that the only place you can get that type of infection from that type of bacteria is from the HUMAN mouth. That does not mean it actually came from her mouth.
      Fact #4 His story changed TWICE not several times.
      If you’re going to make comments know your facts.

      Was he a douche? most definitely.
      Could he have done it? absolutely
      Was it proven BEYOND a reasonable doubt that he in fact did do it? Most definitely NOT.
      Have there been cases of people being framed because of their background? Yes there has MANY MANY TIMES.
      How much more often in the black community than in a white community? More often than it should.

      What happened to this woman was absolutely monstrous and truly sad. But when looking at the case they chains hadn’t even been tested for her tissue or blood. The only SINGLE thing that was in his possession which was in his car trunk of all places was her pendant. Not even the whole necklace. So how do you know that he was the person to commit the crime. How do you know that the pendant wasn’t planted because there was NOTHING ELSE TO LINK HIM TO THIS CRIME. Other than him having a background and he seemed to be the best person to take down.

      And yes I saw and have read the full case file.

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  4. Elwood initially said he had injured his hand by cutting it on a dumpster at work that morning. He later told OTHER coworkers he cut it repairing some stairs. When he almost died from this hand infection, the doctor cultured the pus they got out of his hand and the bacteria was consistent with bacteria ONLY found when a tooth is BROKEN, it cannot be gotten by simply sticking your hand in your mouth or someone else’s. I have personally seen this kind of deadly infection in someones hand after they came in a day or two after a fist fight and they had punched someone in the mouth, usually with a lacerated knuckle. Like Elwood almost died from. And lo and behold, this poor lady had TWO teeth knocked out. One was found on the floor near her body, the other in her stomach. Amazing how this story above leaves these facts out.

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    1. It didn’t leave any facts out. I just love how people insert themselves into things and think they have legal knowledge of things when they are no Matlock, or Perry Mason.
      I see you only have half of the story. Which you seem to site Forensic Files Verbatim. When I have actually seen, and read the file the actual case file not just watched it on television. Don’t believe everything you see on TV it will rot your brain or what is left of it

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  5. Plus he had the dead woman’s gold and diamond necklace in his possession. Duh. Innocent my foot….you know what, they say up to 10% OF FOLKS IN JAIL ARE INNOCENT. I do not have a problem believing that and it is a horrible number. But considering all the evidence that this website leaves OUT showing WHY this jackal was found guilty, I do not think they are helping their cause any by trying to get off murderers who are so obviously guilty. SMH.

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    1. You are another FF watcher aren’t you. To bad. You apparently didn’t listen closely enough to what was said and obviously didn’t look closely either to what was shown. Her PENDANT not the necklace was the only TRUE thing think could link him. The chain was never forensically tested for her blood or skin. His shoes didn’t match the bloody footprint in her room there was none of her blood on his clothing which would have had to be some type of cast off if he hit her in the mouth. Nothing and the bacteria could have come from ANY human beings mouth being that it is ONLY IN THE HUMAN MOUTH. Does not mean it came from her mouth. Stick to being barefoot and pregnant and watch how I get him a new trial. Although this page is not mine I’ll be representing him after all that I have found.

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  6. The infection in his hand was caused by bacteria from a human mouth, not a dumpster or a hand rail. He couldn’t even keep his story straight on how he was injured. He also had the victim’s necklace. What reason would the cops have to frame him? Really, think about it. They didn’t have any reason to do so.

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