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Posted on: May 9, 2022

Deshaude Lakeith Jones Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

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On May 5, 2022, after a four-day trial, a Jackson County jury found Deshaude Lakeith Jones, 43, guilty of First-Degree Murder and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 5, 2022, after a four-day trial, a Jackson County jury found Deshaude Lakeith Jones, 43, guilty of First-Degree Murder and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  During the trial, the State presented evidence that Jones murdered an unarmed Troy Taylor (25) by shooting him in the back as he ran for his life.  The Ocean Springs Police Department investigated the case.   

Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Jones, a violent habitual offender, to life imprisonment in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, without the possibility of parole.   

District Attorney Angel Myers McIlrath stated, “The Defendant, Deshaude Lakeith Jones, of Waukegan, Illinois, had a criminal history spanning twenty-one years. I’m thankful the jury saw the truth and delivered justice to the Taylor family and helped protect our community from a violent habitual offender.”

Assistant District Attorney Nicole Collins Huffman stated, “We commend the hard work of the Ocean Springs Police Department and the many witnesses that bravely came forward with the truth of what happened.” 

This case was prosecuted by Angel Myers McIlrath, Nicole Collins Huffman, and Bill Barrett.

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