Murder-for-Hire Suspect Fails a Drug Test for Opioids
The subject of a murder-for-hire investigation in Illinois failed a drug test while free from jail on a $250,000 bail bond. According to the DuPage County prosecutor’s office, the woman tested positive for opioids on a mandatory drug test. The prosecutors filed a motion for the revocation of the defendant’s bail. A DuPage County judge, though, denied the motion and allowed the defendant—a former nurse at the Loyola University Medical Center—to remain free and allowed her to continue living outside of the state.
Tina E. Jones, a former resident of Des Plaines, Illinois, caught seven class X charges connected to an alleged attempt to have a romantic rival murdered through a dark web murder-for-hire service. It was a fake murder-for-hire service run by the owner of all the known murder-for-hire services. It is not a coincidence that the only reason these fake murder-for-hire services keep appearing in the news is for one reason: they do not work. Someone foolishly pays the scammer to have someone killed and, after losing thousands of dollars, ended up in handcuffs for attempted homicide. This has happened time and time again.
The 31-year-old nurse, according to information provided by the Woodridge Police Department, fell victim to one of these sites while attempting to create a victim of the wife of her lover. She had been having an affair with a doctor at the Loyola University Medical Center. For some reason, Jones decided that the doctor’s wife needed to be removed from the scenario. Thousands of assumptions can be made about her reasoning and timing for the attempted murder, but the assumptions—for now, at least—will be nothing other than speculation and theory that provide nothing of meaning to the case. Investigators have not disclosed that information and it likely has very little relevance to the crimes Jones allegedly committed.
The crimes, as listed by the DuPage County State’s Attorney, are as follows: one count of attempted first degree murder, two counts of solicitation of murder, and another four counts of the solicitation of murder-for-hire. By definition, Jones is an alleged criminal with a high risk of fleeing the country or fleeing law enforcement in general; all seven alleged crimes are class X crimes that, if convicted of any of them, prevent the eligibility of any sentence aside from a prison sentence with a mandatory minimum. The most serious crime carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.
Given the severity of her crimes, the prosecution and the public were surprised by the judge’s decisions regarding Jones’ initial bail status. While many drug traffickers receive no chance at bail, Judge George Bakalisgranted Jones’ attorney’s $250,000 bail request and the unconventional pretrial release conditions the attorney had proposed. Instead of a requirement preventing Jones from leaving the state or county, the judge ordered Jones to live in the state of Georgia. Her unconventional bail conditions still have strings attached, though. For instance, Jones must wear an ankle bracelet and check-in with probation officers in Georgia. She almost must comply with requests from Georgia probation officers. This includes random drug testing.
At her most recent test, Jones tested positive for opioids. This is often considered a technical probation violation and would, as such, provide a judge reason to revoke any bail and remand the offender into custody. The prosecution seized this opportunity and filed a petition for the revocation of Jones’ bail. The petition requested that Jones pay an even larger amount of money to meet any new bail requirements (assuming the judge every permitted a new bail request after revoking her current bail). But, likely to the surprise of the prosecution, Judge George Bakalis ruled that the failed drug test was not a violation of the bond. Yet, at least. Jones’ lawyer told the court that the positive was actually a false positive caused by Nyquil.
“My client has never done drugs in her life,” the lawyer told reporters outside the courthouse. Technical probation violations are final, but Judge George Bakalis will decide whether or not the failed drug test constituted a probation violation at a court appearance on October 25. At the hearing, Judge Bakalis will rule on validity of the failed drug test as a probation violation. If not, her bail conditions will likely remain the same. If the failed drug test actually violated probation, the judge will revoke Jones’ bail. And then likely set her a new set of conditional release terms alongside her new bail request.