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Bristol man pleads not guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping of estranged wife

September 2nd, 2011 11:12 am by Kacie Breeding

BLOUNTVILLE — A Bristol man accused of trying to kill his estranged wife with a knife has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he tried to kill his estranged wife after kidnapping her on Nov. 18, 2010.

Clovis McDowell Jones, 45, formerly of 105 Spruce St., Bristol, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on Friday to attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, driving on a revoked license and an amended charge of aggravated assault in Sullivan County Criminal Court.

Jones' case was originally indicted in June, but it was re-presented to a Sullivan County grand jury on Tuesday. As a result of the amended presentment, Jones' trial date has been postponed from Oct. 12 to Feb. 13, 2012.

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