Man found guilty of killing Columbus woman, setting fire to her home

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COLUMBUS -- A 26-year-old man has been found guilty of killing a Columbus woman during a burglary and setting fire to her home to cover up his crime.

On March 16, 2015, Columbus Fire was dispatched to Fountain Lane just before 7:30 a.m. Firefighters found a three-family townhouse with the end unit engulfed in fire.

As the fire was being extinguished, 62-year-old Anna Ferriman was found during search and rescue. She was pronounced dead shortly after.

Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set.

Preliminary results from the Franklin County Coroner’s Office suggested Ferriman was dead at the time of the fire and a subsequent x-ray found that the victim had been shot.

In a separate incident that occurred hours before the fire, Columbus police detectives spoke with Jeremay Marquise Jones and collected a gun as evidence and was released.

Authorities say once Jones was released, he returned to the apartment and set the fire to cover up the murder of Ferriman.

Forensic testing done on the weapon connected Jones by DNA to the gun, and through ballistic testing, to the bullet found in Ferriman.

Jones was found guilty Monday on counts of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated murder, murder, weapons under disability, aggravated arson, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

A date has not yet been set for sentencing.