PD: Siders’ murder suspect later busted with ‘rape kit’

A mug shot of Paul Jones. (June 24, 2014)

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. WOOD) — It took nearly 25 years for investigators to arrest two suspects in the murder of Shannon Siders, 18. In that time, Matthew Jones, 44, of Grant, and Paul Jones, 42, of Newaygo, were telling a lot of people lots of stories about what happened that night, according to court documents.

The probable cause statement read in Newaygo County District Court Monday indicates that some witnesses told detectives that the Jones brothers admitted to hurting and raping Siders.

A mug shot of Matthew Jones. (June 24, 2014)
(Matthew Jones)

Paul Jones told one witness he ran her over. He and his brother told someone else they hit her with a mirror and began to beat and rape her. In addition, Matthew Jones told another witness he hit Siders with a mirror and began to beat and rape her, the documents show.

However, both brothers told even more witnesses conflicting statements as well. Paul Jones told one witness he didn’t remember what happened that night back in 1989. Another witness said Paul Jones indicated he’d left a party before Siders that night, according to the documents. Matthew Jones told another a witness he went to the party and saw Siders get out of car and leave with someone.

Investigators said the Jones brothers were the last two people to have been known to be with Siders. According to the documents, two witnesses saw them standing over Siders’ limp body.

Since Siders was reported missing on July 18, 1989, investigators have learned there were unreported sexual assault incidents in 1989 involving Matthew Jones.

FILE -- A photo of Shannon Siders.
(Shannon Siders)

And after Siders’ body was found, investigators said Paul Jones moved out of Newaygo and later moved back. He was arrested and convicted of home invasion in 2006, and investigators told the court that at the time of that home invasion, Paul Jones had what they described as a “rape kit” with him, which included duct tape, condoms, Vaseline and a stun gun.

Investigators described Paul Jones as a drug user who was recently arrested and convicted for having marijuana.

Both brothers face first-degree murder charges in Siders’ death and are expected back in court Thursday.


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Probable cause statement on Jones brothers

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