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Bail granted for defendant charged in man’s 2015 shooting death | Crime and Courts



Xavier R. Jones


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CROWNING POINT – A Lake Criminal Court judge Tuesday granted bail to a man charged with murdering the boyfriend of a woman he was once with.

Xavier R. Jones, 30, of Gary, left $ 5,000 in cash on Wednesday and was released from the Lake County Jail, records show.

Jones is accused of stepping into an apartment on the 500 block of South Vermillion Place in Gary on April 4, 2015, and killing Juble Hairston Jr.

Gary’s Hairston was the boyfriend of a woman Jones was with, according to police and court records.

Jones was charged with murder and moving in in 2015 but remained at large until he surrendered to police in March 2021.

Ride with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the Lake Michigan area’s border as part of the Lake County Sheriff’s Naval Unit. Video by Connor Burge.


Connor Burge, The Times

Defense attorney Scott King filed a motion in July to disqualify the woman at the center of the case for failing to testify.

Judge Natalie Bokota approved King’s motion on August 8, records show.

The exclusion of the woman’s testimony could make the case more difficult for the state as no other eyewitnesses were listed on the indictment documents.

Lake County Assistant Attorney Douglas Shaw and King’s legal partner Lakeisha Murdaugh appeared before Judge Mark Watson on September 9 for a hearing on Jones’s motion for bail.

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