Jones allegedly never claimed self-defense and did not say she was scared for her personal safety.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — The woman charged with the murder of her live-in boyfriend over the weekend allegedly told investigators she wasn’t trying to “stick him” and simply reacted during an argument, according to court documents.
Tiffany Shere Jones, 29, was charged with an open count of murder after the victim, 32-year-old Jonathan Vasta, was found fatally stabbed at their home at 187 Pelican Way on Panama City Beach. She was held without bond after her first appearance Sunday.
According to the arrest affidavit, deputies responded to the residence early Saturday morning to find Vasta with a single stab wound to his neck and a trail of blood from the garage to the kitchen-living room area. Post-Miranda, Jones told deputies she’d returned home Friday night and found a liquor bottle in the trash, leading to an argument between her and Vasta over Vasta’s drinking. Jones said she originally grabbed the knife — a pearl-colored pocket knife — to open the door to the bedroom, which didn’t have a knob, but she carried it with her as the argument continued through the residence and into the garage, where she finally lunged at Vasta, according to reports.
“Jones further said that Vasta came back into the garage, slamming the door and continuing the verbal argument,” Investigator Amy Burnette wrote in her report. “According to Jones, she lunged at Vasta and stabbed him in the neck with the knife she had in her possession.”
Though deputies attempted CPR, Vasta was pronounced dead at Bay Medical Center.
During her interview with investigators, Jones allegedly never claimed self-defense and did not say she was scared for her personal safety. She was unharmed during the altercation, save for a cut on her right hand.
One neighbor reported that the couple had previous loud arguments that sometimes spilled out into the front yard, but there were no signs of physical violence. Jones has a history of domestic violence, pleading no contest in a May 2015 case where she hit her mother and then hit and spit on arresting officers.
Jones is being represented in court by defense attorney Henry Mark Sims and will be arraigned on May 5.
Zack McDonald contributed to this report.