After what may be a record delay, a Naval Postgraduate School professor was arraigned on a murder charge on Tuesday in connection with the death of his ex-wife.
Lawrence R. Jones, 70, entered a not guilty plea and remains held without bail in Monterey County Jail.
Police say Norife Herrera Jones, 29, known to friends as Janie, was shot dead and dismembered by Lawrence Jones in late August or early September 2012.
He was arrested in La Mirada after the remains of his wife were found Sept. 7 beside a road in Aromas. Navy school officials said Jones had gone to Southern California on school business.
Detectives say they believe Janie Jones was killed in her husband's Spray Avenue house.
Investigators searching the residence said they found blood throughout.
Court records show divorce papers for the couple were finalized Aug. 31 in Monterey County after five years of marriage.
Court officials called Lawrence Jones' arraignment one of the most delayed in recent Monterey County history.
Jones was arrested in September, but arraignment, which normally takes place within days, was put off four times during nearly five months.
After missing his first appearance in September for medical reasons, Jones next showed up with a bandaged hand and wrist while the jail staff kept him under suicide watch. He has a history of suicide attempts, police records show.
More delays followed.
Jones remains on no-bail status at the jail. Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry Spitz said prosecutors have the option to request no bail in murder cases.
Friends and relatives of Janie Jones have expressed frustration at the postponements, saying they feared Lawrence Jones might be released on bail in the interim.
Janie Jones was an accomplished businesswoman with two business degrees who worked at multinational corporations in her native Philippines.
Lawrence Jones, known to colleagues as Larry, is an internationally recognized financial management expert who worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank and was a visiting scholar at universities around the world.
He taught at NPS and has lived in Monterey since the late 1980s.
Friends and former neighbors said the marriage appeared happy at first and that Janie told them she loved her husband the first couple of years.
Things got bad for about two years and in 2012, she left him, moving to a San Jose apartment and changing her phone number, friends and police said. Her death came as the couple's divorce decree became final.
A preliminary hearing for Jones is scheduled May 24, Spitz said.
Julia Reynolds can be reached at 648-1187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.