Dupage Judge Denies Motion to Toss Evidence in Dark Web Murder for Hire Case
The Dupage Magistrate Judge, George Bakalis, has rejected a motion to have all statements and evidence against Tina Jones suppressed. Tina Jones is a former nurse at Loyola University Medical Center. She has been accused of attempting to hire a hitman-for-hire on the dark web to murder her ex-lover’s wife. Jones was charged with a count of attempted murder, two counts of solicitation of murder, and four additional counts of solicitation of murder for hire. According to reports, the suspect issued some statements in an interview which her attorney is attempting to have suppressed before her trial which is expected to occur soon.
In an interview with Woodridge Police Detective Daniel Murray, Jones admitted to doing something terrible. According to reports, Murray asked her to voice what she did, and she explained that she logged into a dark web market to hire a hitman-for-hire. As claimed by reports, Jones paid $11,000 in bitcoin for the service in a bid to kill her former lover’s wife. Because this statement can be brought up in the law court against her, Stephen Hall, Jones’ attorney, argues that Jones invoked her right to counsel at the interview. Because of this, the statement made during the interview should not be used in her trial. Jones earlier plead not guilty to solicitation of murder and attempted murder at the Dupage county court.
A five-page written decision by Judge Bakalis said that the statement made by the defendant in no way changes the situation from custodial setting to non-custodial setting. He further wrote that “(Jones) arrived on her own, only one officer was involved, she had been advised she was not under arrest and free to leave, and her response does not admit to a criminal act.”
Balkalis pointed out that the court must first consider whether the defendant was in custody at the point of making such statements. He then stated that the defendant committed a solicitation of murder by admitting to the criminal act even though she was free to leave.
Answering the first question, Bakalis wrote that the defendant was in custody at the point she was making the statement. The court, therefore, believes that her statement does not constitute a request for counsel. Also, the defendant went through legal procedures showing that she understood her Miranda Rights. According to the report, Jones made no effort to mention her attorney’s name until the interviewer told her that authorities would seize her laptop. Bakalis explained in his statement that, “At this point in the interview, police had sufficient information to establish probable cause to obtain a search warrant to seize and search (Jones’) laptop.”
Authorities arrested Jones when the CBS television program, “48 hours,” discovered a contract between her and an online company that offers a hitman-for-hire service. It was reported that CBS came across the contract by chance when looking for a story for their program. They quickly alerted the authorities who later arrested Jones. Jones instructed the company to make the hit look like an accident and also cautioned them not to harm her ex-lover after giving them a hint on when the man would be at work and the woman would be left alone in the house.
As claimed by reports, all charges leveled against Jones are class X felonies. These charges imply that she may not be subjected to probation if found guilty. Also, if she is convicted of the most severe crime, she may be imprisoned for up to 40 years. Bakalis has so far been lenient to Jones. He allowed her to spend 27 hours in Illinois instead of 24 hours to meet some attorneys from Chicago. Also, Bakalis allowed her to attend her friend’s wedding ceremony in Chatanooga, Tennessee, on August 4.
According to DuPage State’s attorney, Robert Berlin, the charges leveled against Jones are serious ones. He hinted that there had been a dramatic rise in the use of the dark web in the country. Berlin stated that the full force of the law would meet any attempt or a perceived attempt by anyone to cause physical harm through any means.
The victim’s husband currently resides in Maywood. He completed his residency in Loyola, and he is a practicing anesthesiologist. The victim has been said to be a clinical social worker in Naperville.