Bessemer Man Arrested in Connection with Florence Murder

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Florence Police have arrested a man from Bessemer in connection with the murder of a woman at the City Lodge Motel in Florence that occurred in July of 2013.

Eugene Lee Jones, 56, of Bessemer, was booked at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.  Jones is charged with murder in connection with the death of Lula Teresa Addison, 54, of Florence, according to a statement released by the Florence Police Department.

Florence police say Addison was found dead on July 29, 2013, at the City Lodge Motel.  Her body was found under the bed of a hotel room.  Investigators were able to collect what they call a "significant" amount of evidence at the scene.  Addison's body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy, which later determined that she was the victim of strangulation, and the case was then ruled a homicide.

Jones became a person of interest in the case early on, according to police.  He was located within hours of the original call and interviewed by investigators. He was then arrested on unrelated, outstanding warrants from Bessemer Police Department.  Florence police investigator continued to investigate Addison's murder as they held Jones.

Police reviewed hundreds of hours of video and spoke with over 100 individuals, ultimately determining that Jones was involved in a burglary in Florence, according to their statement. Warrants were issued on October 3, 2013 and Jones was arrested the following day and transported to Florence.

Monday morning, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Investigators with the Florence Police Department reviewed the evidence in this case and determined that  an arrest warrant be issued for Jones for the murder of Addison.

Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler stated, “I cannot express how grateful I am, and our community should be, for our Detectives and Lead Investigator Jerry Pearson and their countless hours of work on this case. Today they brought Ms. Addison’s family one step closer to closure in this tragic situation. The assistance lent to our agency by the FBI was critical in making this arrest and we sincerely appreciate their willingness to assist.”