SAN BERNARDINO -- Last weekend Laurie Cone was planning to celebrate her 29th wedding anniversary with her husband on Monday, according to an interview with reporters.
After returning home early in the morning after a night out gambling with her daughter, she found John "Jack" Cone, 64, dead in the bedroom of his home in San Bernardino.Cone's home was also the site of Cone's repair shop called D/C Radio and Television.
A robber apparently broke in, killed Cone and stole numerous items including handguns and Cone's white 2003 Ford F-150 quad cab truck. A for-sale sign was in front of the business.
Laurie Cone said she's not sure she can return to the home to wait for its sale. "I don't even know if I'm in an emotional state to clean out the place of all my stuff," she said. "I may have to walk away and never look back."
Cone's daughter, however, disputes her mother's story. She said her parents have been separated for the last two months because of her mother's gambling addiction.
"Mom said she was never coming back here and that she got all her stuff. She took dad's things and sold them for gambling money," Jackie said. "My dad was fed up. He changed all the locks, and my mom got pissed."
She also claims the story her mother told reporters about the anniversary was false. "My mom said that she was looking forward to celebrating her anniversary with dad. That was a lie, all lies," Jackie Cone said. "My parents were married on April 1st, and Monday was the 2nd. I used to joke with him, my dad, about them being married on April Fool's Day."
Laurie Cone was arrested Friday and booked for murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Two more suspects were also arrested. Cone plead 'not guilty' at her arraignment. Homicide investigators continued working the case into the night Friday, said Lt. Paul Williams, spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department.
Source: San Bernardino Sun