Detective Terry Jones
"Homicide investigators are a truly special breed of people," says Det. Terry Jones. He has spent the past 21 years of his 23-year law enforcement career in homicide. Nicknamed "The Rhino," Jones is also a United States Marine Corp veteran and was the first African-American homicide detective on the former Jefferson County Police Department.
"Homicide was not my first choice," Jones says, "but it eventually grew on me and became more gratifying." Jones says the job can sometimes wear on him. "I've had sleepless nights," Jones admits, "but I try to leave this job at the office." He praises his family as being understanding of his demanding job.
Jones is married with children. In his spare time he enjoys riding motorcycles with friends and spending quality time with his family. He is a sports fanatic and regularly attends University of Louisville basketball and football games.
Detective Collin King
Born in Indianapolis, IN Det. Collin King was raised in the small town of Crestwood, KY, pop. 2,373. Law enforcement is genetic to King as both his mother and father were police. He began his career as a lawman in 2002 and joined the Louisville Homicide Dept. in 2009. The rookie homicide detective has a natural love for putting the bad guys in jail, that and the camaraderie that comes with the police force. In addition to his responsibilities to the PD, King is also currently a First Sgt. in the KY Air National Guard and has served the guard for the past ten years.
Det. King defines a good homicide detective as one who is willing to put 100% effort to solve their cases and help his/her colleagues with their investigations. Solving a case requires thinking outside the box and an “ability to talk to people and make them feel comfortable”. “The way my children look up to Daddy when I solve a case”, makes Det. King proud to be a police officer.
To help him cope with the intensity of homicide, Det. King hugs his children a lot more. In addition, he turns to his “faith and relationship with Jesus Christ”. His family spends a lot of time attending church functions and the detective talks to his parents and girlfriend about the things he sees at work.
Outside of work, Collin has a variety of interests, including working out, fishing, camping, running, watching the Colts play and going to church. He is divorced with two children.
Detective Jon Lesher
Det. Jon Lesher is originally from a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Louisville MPD in 2001, he served in the US Army and Jefferson Co. Dept. of Corrections. Before becoming a homicide detective in 2009, the detective was a 6th District patrol officer and a FLEX detective.
Joining the PD was the fulfillment of a childhood dream. As a young child, there was a police officer that patrolled his neighborhood and the way he conducted himself within the community made a life-long impression on Det. Lesher that eventually led to his career in law enforcement.
There are many factors that help create a good homicide detective, including “common sense, a sense of humor, good communication skills, motivation, an understanding family, team work and the ability to work long hours.” “Bringing justice and closure to the family of a homicide victim” makes Det. Lesher proud to be a homicide investigator. Working with a great group of detectives that help him accomplish this, only increases his pride in his work.
To prevent his job from wearing on him too much, the detective prefers to keep his work life separate from his personal life. “Keep work at work and rely on family and friends to help you through the tough times.” You also have to have a good sense of humor. Det. Lesher likes to spend his time hunting, fishing and being with his wife, Debbie and their two children, Spencer and Allie.
Detective Leigh Maroni
Before joining the Louisville Police Department ten years ago, Det. Leigh Maroni was a social worker for Child Protective Services. It was there, while sharing an office with police officers, that Maroni developed an interest in law enforcement. "I was drawn to the excitement of their job," she says and soon applied to the LPD.
Maroni worked in fraud and crimes against children before joining homicide five years ago. "A good homicide detective checks their ego at the door, works well in a team and is open to other people's ideas and suggestions," she says.
"Being around homicide makes you appreciate life more," says Maroni. "The job requires a lot of time away from home. It's important to make time with family, quality time."
Maroni is married. On her time off, she enjoys going to the gym, the ballet and the theater.
Detective Chris Middleton
Det. Chris Middleton has been with the Louisville Police Department for eight years and has spent the past three in homicide. He previously worked in district level narcotics.
Middleton was drawn to law enforcement because he had a desire to help his community. "As for homicide," Middleton says, "I see it as the ultimate crime." He goes on to say that working homicide requires detectives to give 110% for every case. "I enjoy the investigations," he says, "and my kids think it's cool."
Middleton is married with three children. He credits his wife with helping him cope with the difficulties of his job. In their spare time, Middleton and his wife raise quarter horses.