After nearly a month of delays, a Naval Postgraduate School professor suspected of killing his ex-wife appeared in court Thursday, but was not arraigned as expected.
Lawrence R. Jones, 69, did not speak in court as Santa Cruz attorney Paul Meltzer told Judge Timothy Roberts that he was making a special appearance on behalf of Jones.
"It's going to take some time to make arrangements," Meltzer said after asking Roberts for a continuance. Salinas defense attorney Richard Rosen previously has appeared on Jones' behalf.
Jones' arraignment was rescheduled for Oct. 30, and he remains in Monterey County Jail without bail.
Police say Norife "Janie" Herrera Jones, 29, was shot and dismembered by her ex-husband in late August or early September.
Lawrence Jones, better known as Larry, was arrested in Southern California after the remains of his ex-wife were found Sept. 7 beside a road in Aromas.
Police say they believe she was killed in his Spray Avenue house. Investigators searching the residence said they found blood throughout, especially in an upstairs bedroom.
Court records show final divorce papers for Jones and his wife were filed Aug. 31 in Monterey County after five years of marriage.
Jones missed his first arraignment in September because of a medical condition. He later appeared in court with his right wrist bandaged. Jail staff members have been concerned about suicide risk.
Jones has a history of suicide attempts, as well as six earlier arrests.
Monterey police have declined to say where any of Jones' previous arrests took place.
Public records show Jones has spent time in Portland, Ore., and Albuquerque, N.M., and has owned his Monterey residence since the 1980s.
According to search warrant affidavits, Jones was arrested for attempted murder in 1993.
Jones was arrested for battery on a peace officer in 1976, battery in 1977, domestic violence in 1993, assault in 1998 and drunken driving in 2011, his only other Monterey County arrest.
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