UK police to review Rolling Stones guitarist death

LONDON (AP) -- The death of a Rolling Stones guitarist 40 years ago is going to get another look from British police.

The drowning death of Brian Jones was ruled an accident. But that didn't stop decades of speculation that he was murdered.

Police in Sussex say they'll examine new documents they received from an investigative journalist.

The body of the musician was found in the swimming pool of his estate, just a month after he left the band. A coroner said he drowned while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

But two 1994 books claimed that he was murdered by a London builder who had been hired to help renovate his home. Both books claimed that the builder had confessed on his deathbed in 1993. It's not clear why British police didn't reopen an investigation then.

Jones was credited as an early driving force in the Stones. But as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began focusing on original songs, rather than blues covers, his influence diminished.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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