Woman Charged With Murdering Grandmother & Partner

A Maine woman was arrested last week in connection to the fatal stabbing deaths of her boyfriend and 93-year-old grandmother, the Associated Press reported.

Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in Denmark on Saturday, November 25 to conduct a welfare check. When the deputies arrived at the residence, the homeowner, 53-year-old Tzara Jones, refused to cooperate with deputies or let them into the house.

Deputies returned to the home later that evening with a search warrant and found 69-year-old Michael Willett and 93-year-old Aremean Mayo dead from multiple stab wounds.

The sheriff’s office arrested Jones and transported her to the Oxford County Jail.

Jones appeared in court via video link on Tuesday, November 28 where she was arraigned on two counts of intentional murder, WCSH reported.

According to court documents, detectives believe that Jones stabbed Willett and her grandmother in the chest multiple times with a butcher knife.

Autopsies conducted by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Liam Funte determined that Willett was stabbed three times in the chest while Aremean Mayo sustained at least ten stab wounds to her chest. Both victims had been dead for more than 24 hours before their bodies were found.

Danielle Graham, Jones’ sister, told investigators that her sister was caretaker to both Willett and Mayo and had previously said that she was “tired of taking care of them both.”

According to court documents, Jones’ grandmother moved into the home Jones shared with Willett in July.

Her sister told investigators that she suspected that a will or possible inheritance from the grandmother was the likely motive for her murder.