Documents reveal details in Shannon Siders’ murder

Posted at 4:35 PM, Jun 25, 2014

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Siders probable cause document

NEWAYGO, Mich. (June 25, 2014) – Nearly 25 years after the murder of a Newaygo teen, FOX 17 is learning what police believe happened the night of her death.

On Tuesday, two brothers – Matt and Paul Jones – were arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Shannon Siders in 1989.

FOX 17 obtained the probable cause affidavit, which details the evidence against the Jones brothers.

“These two guys have been on the short list of suspects since Day 1,” Bob Siders, Shannon’s father, says. “I’ve heard different stories of them being together that night. Supposedly they dropped her off at a certain time.”

The document reveals the cause of death as “blunt force trauma to the head.”

Further into the document, two witnesses describe to police their encounter with Paul and Matt Jones the night Shannon disappeared.

“As they approached, they could see a female laying on the ground and Paul Jones standing over Siders,” the documents read. “A witness observed Paul Jones then grab Shannon and drag her back to the vehicle.  Two witnesses describe Shannon as limp and blood on her face.”

There was also a report of a nearby witness hearing screams. For the first time, Shannon’s family may have answers on how she died.

The documents read, “(The Jones brothers) were overheard talking to another individual and indicating they hit her with a mirror and began to beat and rape her.”

Bob said if found guilty, he believes the brothers should be executed.

The documents tell us more about what the brothers and what they’ve been doing the past 25 years.

“Investigators learned that there are unreported sexual assault incidents in 1989 with Matt,” they read.

More disturbing incidents arose during a home invasion that Paul spent time in prison for.

“He had what I’ll describe as a rape kit with him in 2006,” the documents say, “which included duct tape, condoms and Vaseline and a stun gun.”

The Jones brothers are being held without bail in Newaygo County. They’ll be back in court on Friday.