‘America’s Most Wanted’ to Air Edwardsville Killing: Will Cover Shooting of 25-Year-Old in October 2003

By Brian Brueggemann, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill.

EDWARDSVILLE — The television program “America’s Most Wanted” will air a segment Saturday about an unsolved Edwardsville murder.

Police discovered Antonio “Tony” Jones, 25, shot to death when they responded to a 911 call from Jones’ apartment in Edwardsville on Oct. 20, 2003. The man’s 6-year-old son had called 911.

A man who disguised or covered his face rang the doorbell at the apartment. When the boy opened the door, the attacker fired multiple shots at Jones.

The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on the Fox network, KTVI Channel 2.

Edwardsville Detective Barb Frolik said police do not have a suspect.

“We’ve developed new leads, and that’s why we’ve contacted ‘America’s Most Wanted,'” Frolik said. “We hope to develop more leads in the case.”

Police have stated in affidavits that Jones’ son heard the gunman ask where the money was. Jones refused to answer. Police found $5,000 in cash, an ounce of cocaine and two electronic scales in the apartment on Vandalia Street, near downtown Edwardsville.

Police obtained a search warrant for the cellular phone records of a man who was with Jones on the day of his murder. Jones’ wife told police the man dealt drugs with her husband.

Frolik said investigators are not certain about a motive for the killing. Police also have said they believe the killing was not a random act of violence.

The family of Jones has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case. Anyone with information can contact Frolik at 781-3188, the Edwardsville Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 692-7552 or “America’s Most Wanted” at (800) CRIME-TV (274-6388).

Contact reporter Brian Brueggemann at [email protected] or 692-9481.

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