AIKEN -- The man accused of fatally shooting a South Carolina police officer was released from a mental facility last fall after shooting himself in the head, the man's father told a judge during his son's first court appearance Monday.
During that hearing, a magistrate judge ordered that Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26, remain jailed on a murder charge. Jones' bond was set at $10,000 on a weapons charge, and his next hearing was scheduled for March 9.
Jones has been held at the Aiken County jail since Saturday, when he was arrested at his Batesburg home. Authorities said Jones shot Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers earlier that day when she responded to a report of suspicious activity. Rogers died Saturday at a hospital.
Before shooting Rogers, police said, Jones killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Cayce Vice, in her Augusta, Ga., apartment.
Jones' father, who has said his son has mental problems, told the judge Monday that his son shot himself in the head last year and was treated at a mental facility before being released in the fall. James Jones told WRDW-TV that his son stabbed him at 16 and that he fears the public will think his son is an "even bigger monster" because of the current charges.
Jones told the station his son had been dating Vice since October and that she was five weeks pregnant.
Media outlets reported that Jones was shaking and stumbling when he was brought into the courtroom Monday, wearing an orange and white striped jail jumpsuit and handcuffs and mouthing obscenities to reporters in the courtroom. He did not have an attorney.
Jones has an arrest record in South Carolina that includes an arrest last year for carrying a concealed weapon and lying to authorities. He served four months in jail in 2009 for several offenses, including assault and battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones has no recent prison record in Georgia, according to state and local records there.
Cayce Vice's father, Howard Vice, said Jones beat his daughter a few weeks ago and showed The Augusta Chronicle a photo of her battered face.