ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man who fatally beat a woman with a club and stabbed her multiple times at a home on West Jackson Street in July was recently arrested, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said they found Vera Jones, 58, bleeding on the floor of a home, partially covered with a blanket on July 13. It was clear she had been stabbed and suffered trauma to her head, records show. Investigators said they also found a bloody knife and bloody club-like object in the home.
A medical examiner ruled Jones died as a result of multiple skull factors and blunt force trauma. The stab wounds were listed as contributing factors to her death.
Renters who lived at the home said Gary Brumfield Jr. also lived at the home and he had made threatening comments to Jones in the past, according to documents.
“He never liked her, and he was always putting out threats, but we never thought he’d go through it,” neighbor James Scott said.
Deputies said they took DNA samples from Brumfield on July 18 and he denied being at the home on the day Jones died.
ARRESTED: Gary Brumfield Jr., on 2nd Degree Murder Charges for the July 13 killing of Vera Jones in a home on W. Jackson St. Our Homicide Detectives worked diligently to bring some justice to Ms. Jones’ family. pic.twitter.com/WG7OuUx5hj— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) November 26, 2019
On Oct. 24, deputies said they received test results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicating that Brumfield’s DNA was found on the handle of the knife and club that were found at the crime scene.
Brumfield was arrested Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.
During his first appearance Tuesday he denied being involved in the murder.
A judge denied bail for Brumfield and ordered Brumfield not to have any contact with the victim’s family or any witnesses.
Neighbors remember Jones as a good woman.
“She was quiet. She used to pass by here to catch the bus to go to work,” Scott said. “She died senselessly and it didn’t make no sense what happened to her.”