Woman pleads not guilty to shooting ex-husband in parking lot

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The woman accused of shooting and killing her ex-husband in a McDonald’s parking lot in South Point last week was arraigned in municipal court this morning.

Belinda Adkins pleaded not guilty to a 1st-degree murder charge.

The front row of the courtroom was filled with the family of Joshua Jones, the man deputies say was shot and killed by Adkins last Wednesday.

Adkins entered the courtroom slowly, emotionless, and almost looking confused.

She could barely be heard in the courtroom.

The charges were not read aloud in court, but multiple people could be heard muttering and were visibly appalled as a plea of ‘not guilty’ was entered for Adkins by her lawyer.

The prosecution requested a $1 million dollar bond, while the defense requested a smaller amount be considered along with a GPS monitor.

Judge Donald Capper agreed with the prosecution and set Adkins’ bond at $1 million dollars cash or surety.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 4th at 10 a.m.

When 13 News arrived to the municipal court in Chesapeake, people could be seen with signs that read, “Justice for Josh.”

While inside the courtroom, 13 News Reporter Shannon Litton spoke to a girl who says she was Jones’ daughter.

She said her father was a “good man,” and that the media were “making him out to be a monster.”

This coming after an old Ironton Tribune article surfaced social media last week detailing previous convictions Jones had.

13 News offered the girl a chance to speak, but she declined to go on camera.

Stay with 13 News for continuing coverage of this story.

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