Man facing child molestation charges kills himself

Man facing child molestation charges kills himself

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a 73-year-old man has killed himself the day before his trial on child molestation charges.
 
Opening statements in Herbert Jones' trial were to set to begin Wednesday morning in Coconino County Superior Court.
 
Authorities say Jones was found in a lawn chair in his backyard Tuesday afternoon with a single gunshot wound to his chest.
 
Coconino County sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair tells the Arizona Daily Sun that Jones didn't leave a note. But Blair says Jones told family members that his intent was to avoid trial.
 
Jones was facing two counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

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