Updated 1 year ago by Josh Breslow
Authorities in Laurel County have released a recording of the 15-minute call to 911 made Monday night, where a man tells dispatchers he murdered his girlfriend.
Deputies rushed to the scene on Sherry Street around 7 p.m., only to find the call was a fake.
Dispatcher: "What's going on?"
Caller: "There's been, uh, a death in my family."
Dispatcher: "What's their name?"
Caller: "Her name is, uh, uh, Betty."
According to investigators, the caller was 58-year-old Michael Jones, who identified himself during the call.
Dispatcher: "How did she die?"
Caller: "By... strangulation."
Dispatcher: "You strangled her?"
Caller: "Yes, ma'am."
Dispatcher: "What were you guys arguing over?"
Caller: "Uh, what were we arguing over?"
Dispatcher: "Yeah what was you arguing over?"
Caller: "Over, uh, a bunch of cigarette butts being in the yard."
Dispatchers were provided an address on Sherry Street, but when deputies arrived, it was all quiet.
Dispatcher: "Spell your street name for me."
Caller: "S-H-E... er, S-H-E-R-R-Y. Sherry. Sherry or Terry. Sherry or Terry. Terry. Sherry."
Dispatcher: "Do what now?"
Caller: "I'm sorry."
Dispatcher: "What was that? What was the matter?"
Caller: "I ran onto some rocks."
Caller: "Oh, God."
Dispatcher: "What's the matter?"
Caller: "Nothing, I'm hurting."
Dispatcher: "Where are you hurting?"
Caller: "My right... right... femur's got two bullets in it."
Caller: "If you want ma'am, forget the information. I'm sorry."
Dispatcher: "Honey, I'm trying to find you."
Caller: "Just forget it, ok? Forget it, alright."
While the caller hangs up, the Laurel County Sheriff's Department said they arrested Jones, who confessed that he made it all up. He is charged with falsely reporting an incident.
Deputies said Jones told them he made the call to retaliate against a family member at the home on Sherry Street. Jones' sister lives in the house and told LEX 18 that she and her brother had not been fighting and while he does suffer from a brain injury, he's never done anything like this.
Jones declined LEX 18's request for an interview.