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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - We're learning new details about one of the people arrested for the murder of retired Scott County School bus driver.

This week marks four years since Sue Jones was killed inside her Scott County home.

Friday night police arrested two people for Jones' murder, including 30-year-old Nicholas Willinger.

According to his arrest citation, he told police he went to the home to steal money after he had been told she kept large amount of cash.

The citation says Willinger told police he was told Jones was not going to be home at the time of the theft.

Police say Willinger beat Jones to death when he encountered her inside her home.

Investigators have not released the name of the second person charged in the murder.

This past Saturday night, the annual vigil held for Sue Jones was more celebratory than somber because after four years, family and friends finally had some answers to who may have killed Jones.

"It has been four years and we finally have an arrest, we have a new chapter in our lives," said Sue Jones' daughter.

A new chapter brought about by two arrests.

"Now I get what I wanted. Now we get to celebrate her life and celebrate the arrest," said Gail Jones, Sue Jones' daughter.

Friday night, Jones' family learned that Willinger was one of the two arrested in the case but how or if he knew Sue Jones remains a mystery.

"I don't know who he is. What was he doing at my mama's house? How did he get in my mama's house? My mom doesn't know him so who is he?" Gail Jones asked.

Even in the midst of unanswered questions, there was still a shared sense of relief, reflection and remembrance at Saturday's vigil.

As the bittersweet vigil came to a close, the beginning of the next chapter finally started for the Jones family.

"I am so happy they are arrested but that still doesn't bring my mom back."

Jones, a retired school bus driver, was found dead in her Scott County home on February 4, 2010.

Investigators say she died of blunt force trauma, but no arrests had been made in the case until now.


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