Tiffany Shere Jones, 29, has been in custody since April 14, when the Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 187 Pelican Way to find her boyfriend, 32-year-old Jonathan Vasta, fatally stabbed in the neck.
PANAMA CITY — Authorities could be pursuing a life sentence against a Panama City Beach woman being held without bond in connection with the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend, according to court records.
The State Attorney’s Office recently filed a document stating prosecutors might pursue a charge of first-degree murder against Tiffany Shere Jones, 29. She has been in custody on an open count of murder since April 14, when the Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 187 Pelican Way to find her boyfriend, 32-year-old Jonathan Vasta, fatally stabbed in the neck. However, a formal charge of first-degree murder, which would carry a life sentence as punishment, has not been filed, court records show.
According to court records, authorities have sent a bloodied pocket knife believed to have been used in the stabbing to a lab for DNA testing. Results have yet to be released.
According to BCSO reports, deputies responded to Pelican Way early April 14 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. Jones told deputies she had returned home the night before and found a liquor bottle in the trash, leading to an argument between her and Vasta over his 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, officers reported.
“Jones further said that Vasta came back into the garage, slamming the door and continuing the verbal argument,” officers wrote. “According to Jones, she lunged at Vasta and stabbed him in the neck with the knife she had in her possession.”
Deputies attempted CPR, but Vasta was pronounced dead at Bay Medical Center.
During her interview with investigators, Jones reportedly never claimed self-defense and did not say she was scared for her safety. She was unharmed during the altercation, save for a cut on her right hand, police reported.
A follow-up court date is scheduled for Aug. 8.