On May 30, 1996, Jones and co-defendant Scott Nordstrom entered the Moon Smoke Shop while Scott's brother David kept watch outside. Scott and Jones followed Chip O'Dell into the store and immediately shot him in the head, killing him. Tom Hardman ran into a back room where he was also shot in the head. Jones and Scott took an undetermined amount of cash. Several other store employees who were present were not killed and later testified against Jones.
On June 13, 1996, Jones and Scott entered the Firefighter's Union Hall and attempted to rob the safe. After the bartender was unable to open it, Jones killed her with a gunshot to the head, as well as the other three witnesses in the same manner. Eventually, David would confess what he knew to his girlfriend, who called the police.
Trial commenced on June 17, 1998. On June 26, 1998, the jury returned a verdict of guilty to six charges of First Degree Murder, one charge of Attempted First Degree Murder, three charges of Armed Robbery, two charges of Burglary in the First Degree, and three charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Dangerous Instrument. Trial length was 10 days. On December 7, 1998, Jones was sentenced to six consecutive death sentences for the First Degree Murder charges, as well as 144.5 years for the other charges.