May 6, 2022

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Murder of 25-Year-Old in Ocean Springs

Nicole McCardle

Photo courtesy : JCSO

A four-day trial concluded yesterday in the case where Deshaude Lakeith Jones, 43, was found guilty of first degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jones was the assailant in a murder where he killed 25-year-old Troy Taylor, a lifelong resident of Ocean Springs, in the parking lot of Kahuna’s Bar and Grill on Highway 90 in 2018.

During the murder investigation, Jones would found and arrested in Zion, IL 11 days after the incident.

He was then extradited to Jackson County during October of 2018.

During the trial was found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment without 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.”

The case was prosecuted by McIlrath, Huffman and Bill Barret.

Judge Dale Harkey oversaw the proceedings.

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