Almost four years after Glenda Sue Jones was killed, the Scott County sheriff has charged a Jefferson County man in connection with her death.
Nicholas Willinger, 30, of Jefferson County, was charged with murder Friday, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said Saturday. Willinger is also charged with first-degree robbery, burglary and probation violation. He was being held at the Scott County Detention Center on Saturday night on a $500,000 full cash bond. Willinger is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Jones, a former Scott County bus driver, was found dead in her Sadieville home Feb. 4, 2010. The county coroner found that she died of blunt-force trauma to the head.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.
A vigil for Jones on Saturday, held yearly since her death, allowed about 100 relatives and friends at the Central Church of God in Georgetown to express their thoughts about Willinger's arrest. Scott County sheriff's deputies also attended the vigil.
Balloons were released in Jones' memory, accompanied by a rendition of Amazing Grace — Jones' favorite song.
"Every emotion in your body just clicks," said Jones' daughter Gail Jones, who was told about the arrest Friday night. "From joy, because we got him. To tears, because we don't have her back."
Gail Jones said her mother's relatives and friends do not know Willinger, and she said dots still need to be connected.
"Every day for the last four years I have relived that day," she said. "I'm like, 'Maybe this is what happened. OK, I was wrong. Maybe this is what happened.' Now this is a total shock."
Bobbi Craig, Jones' granddaughter, said Willinger's arrest hasn't brought closure, but "this is the first step."
"The grieving is not going to stop," she said. "We're very grateful for all the work everyone has done to bring somebody in and have somebody off the street who is capable of doing something like this."
Glenda Sue Jones was nicknamed "Red" because of her red hair and drove Scott County buses for more than 20 years, until she retired in 2008. At night she worked on a tobacco farm, Craig said.
Andrea Price, a student who rode on Jones' bus and Craig's best friend, said Jones "totally loved everyone on that bus."
Craig said she lived with her grandmother all of her life and remembers her big blue eyes with a bigger smile.
"She was a whole lot more than a grandmother," she said. "She taught me to work for what you want. To always laugh. A sense of humor is always important — and kindness."
Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety Sam Youngman contributed to this story.