By the end of their 22-year marriage, he was perennially unemployed, he stopped shaving and cutting his hair, and he seemed depressed.
"Looking at his eyes, there was nobody in there", Jones told reporters on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).
When she filed for divorce in 2009, he repeatedly threatened her saying he would kill her, take their son to Mexico or kill the three of them, she said. But as is the case for many survivors of domestic abuse, her escape from her husband was only just beginning.
The killings unsettled Arizona. Connie Jones always feared she'd be the one killed and said Tuesday she is grateful to be alive.
"I really have been on high alert for the last nine years. His death, I think, is the best thing to come out of this ordeal". "I felt that I had a personal terrorist".
At the press conference Tuesday, Connie Jones said she and Dwight Jones had contact exclusively through attorneys and court appearances since 2009.
They made themselves hard to find. "We basically had to de-program them from what they would normally do".
When four protection orders expired, she remained vigilant using safe houses, rental cars and security, being careful not to create patterns.
Even going to the grocery store required planning, in case of any unexpected encounters. And she would only pick seats in the back of the movie theater. "I don't know that I can go out and not look and see who's around me". The pair spent a lot of time together, talking. She was awarded sole custody of their son, but Dwight Jones was granted supervised visitation with the boy.
Over the course of her 20-year marriage with Dwight Jones, she saw him struggling.
At one facility, he tried to kidnap their son, Connie said, and at another, he arrived with a sun visor in his vehicle that said, "Love kills slowly".
ROSS D. FRANKLIN AP The hotel in Scottsdale Arizona where Dwight Lamon Jones committed suicide reopened the following day
Connie was afraid that he would snap when the money she'd given him from the divorce - more than US$500,000 (NZ$713,000) - ran out. But criminal justice experts say it's not unusual for killers who feel wronged by catastrophic life events to wait years to settle old scores. She remembered him placing a sun shade in his auto during a supervised visit that said 'love kills slowly'. She said he had once told her he would wait a long time before getting his revenge.
Investigators have not offered a reason for why Dwight Jones struck when he did.
The first victim was Dr Steven Pitt, a psychiatrist had carried out a court-mandated mental health test on Jones in the early years of his divorce battle.
Next to be killed were paralegals Veleria Sharp, 48, and Laura Anderson, 49, who worked for Connie Jones' divorce attorney, Elizabeth Feldman.
The third victim was Dr. Marshall Levine, 72. Kolbe, too, was out of the office when Jones attacked.
Dwight Jones also was linked to the killings of a Fountain Hills couple, Mary Simmons, 70, and Bryon Thomas, 72, who were found dead inside their home.
As the number of victims grew, Anglin, holed up in an isolated cabin with Connie, recognised the links and phoned police.
As police closed in, Dwight Lamon Jones shot himself to death in his hotel room in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"We were certain that she was the one who would have this final confrontation", Anglin said.
But grief wasn't the only emotion for Connie Jones.
"I feel relief in my chest, that for me, this will be the last time I have to deal with him", she said.