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Judy Lynn Jones, 45, was found dead September 12th, 2007.

Jones was Edmonton's twenty-fourth homicide victim of the year.

Jeffrey Glenn Kellar, 40, was charged with second-degree murder.

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Homicide detectives were soon involved in a case of what was first termed a "suspicious death" after a body was found inside a duplex at 1927 104 Street late in the afternoon of September 12th, 2007.

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Early details were few as detectives remain tightlipped while waiting for a report from the medical examiner's office to determine the course of their inquiries. All police said was the body was that of a woman in her mid-40s.

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Police took a man, in his late 30s, from the home and into custody for questioning shortly after the investigation began. A spokesman confirmed the man and the woman were known to each and were both residents of the house. The man was later released.

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While officers spent the next day checking the residence for evidence, details of what might have taken place in the home came from neighbours talking to the media. What emerged was a picture of domestic violence and the suggestion the woman may have been dead for several days.

Police had been to the house “at least every week, maybe twice a week,” John Rogers told the Edmonton Sun. Rogers lived across from the duplex and spoke of a man and a woman who moved in earlier in the year.

“When they moved in, that's when we knew there was going to be trouble,” said Rogers.

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"The first day they moved in they were pretty drunk. They didn't look good from the start. A couple of days after that it continued on," Rogers said when he spoke to CBC Edmonton.

"There were cops there a few times, at least once a week, for sure," John later told the Edmonton Journal. "There's been more police there than the rest of the neighbourhood combined. The rest of the place is quiet."

The man added that a week before the homicide, there was a domestic incident in which a woman suffered two black eyes and a man was stabbed in the hand. A teen was also punched during a fight, according to another neighbour.

The occupant of the adjoining unit said he regularly heard arguments coming from the neighbouring unit but the fighting became especially vicious on Sunday, September 9th.

“We heard everything – shouting, arguing, a lot of banging,” the unidentified man told the Sun. “They'll argue here and there, but Sunday was when it got really bad.”

One neighbour said the area was no longer a good place to live after the pair moved into the duplex.

“It's disgusting,” said Jen, who declined to give the Sun her last name. She added that she recently stopped letting her kids play outside.

“It used to be so nice here,” she said. “Now, my husband and I are contemplating selling the place.”

Paramedics initially got a call about a woman who had suffered cardiac arrest. When ambulance staff arrived they became suspicious of circumstances surrounding the death and called police.

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The woman's body remained in place for nearly 24 hours before being removed. An autopsy was conducted at the end of the week.

The Sun also reported police "won't reveal why they suspect foul play" in the death – the first indication the case may be upgraded to a homicide.

On September 17th, 2007 police announced that 45-year-old Judy Lynn Jones was Edmonton's twenty-fourth homicide victim of the year.

Cause of death was not revealed and police also didn't indicate if they had a suspect in the case.

"It was only after a thorough investigation of the scene, an autopsy and series of interviews that it was determined to be a homicide," said a police spokesman.

Regarding the man who was briefly taken into custody, the spokesman said he could be questioned again. Without explaining how, police said Jones was known to them.

Police also wouldn't comment on how long the body may have been in the house before paramedics were called.

"At this point, we can't give out any details that could compromise the investigation," the spokesman said.

Next-door neighbour Drew Atkinson told the Journal that Jones and a man had lived on the top floors of the duplex for just over a month. The landlord lived in the basement.

On the day police upgraded the case to murder, an eviction notice was posted on the door to the two-storey home. Piles of rolled carpets sat on the curb out front, suggesting a hazardous crime scene.

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The notice was addressed to Jeff Weller with instructions for him clear out his personal belongings.

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The landlord went so far as to hand out pictures of Weller to neighbours, asking them to contact him should Weller appear in the area.

The Global Edmonton story stated that Weller was not a suspect nor could they confirm that he was the man questioned by police earlier.

On April 18th, 2008 police announced they had charged Jeffrey Glenn Kellar, 40, with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Judy Lynn Jones.

Kellar had been arrested the day before without incident. He was the victim's common-law husband.

Police confirmed that Kellar had been taken into custody shortly after Jones was discovered dead but was later released. The charges were laid after a seven-month investigation.

It was also confirmed that Jones died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Kellar made his first court appearance on the 18th and his case was put over until May 16th, 2008.

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