Son in custody after he, at-large mother indicted for murder

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 5:37pm
Staff reports
James D. Avery

Following approximately 10 months of investigation by Metro police detectives involving the shooting death of James Charles Nance, a grand jury this week indicted Nance’s girlfriend and her son, department officials said Thursday.

Led by North Precinct Detective Tim Codling, the investigation revealed that Nance had been involved in a dispute with his girlfriend, Janice L. Jones. Jones’ son, James D. Avery, is alleged to have driven Nance, 46, to the Whites Creek area and killed him. Nance’s body was found at 3:15 a.m. on Feb. 20 in the front yard of a home in the 3100 block of Union Hill road, police said.

Jones is alleged to have had knowledge of the plot, police said.

Avery, 26, has been charged with first-degree murder, with a Criminal Court judge setting his bond at $750,000. Avery was already jailed for a probation violation at the time of this week’s indictment.

Jones, 51, who is last known to have lived on Robert Cartwright Drive in Goodlettsville, is under indictment for facilitation of first-degree murder. She remains at large.

Anyone with information about Jones is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at

Persons who contact Crime Stoppers by phone or text message can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.