Breaking: Jury Finds Suspect Guilty on Multiple Charges in Jacque Mitchell Case

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The suspect in the death of Jacque Mitchell has been found guilty on multiple charges by a jury. The trial, which began earlier this week, concluded yesterday when the judge sent the case to the jury for deliberation. Within just five hours, the jury reached a verdict, finding Joseph Dejoie guilty of involuntary manslaughter, but acquitted of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty on charges of tampering with evidence, abandonment of a corpse, possession of a controlled substance, kidnapping, sodomy, and rape.

The jury further recommended the maximum sentence for most of the convictions, including three life sentences for the sex crimes. The sentencing hearing, where the judge will formally sentence Dejoie, is scheduled for May 17th.

Jacque Mitchell’s body was discovered by investigators in Dejoie’s apartment in Maryland Heights in March of last year. Mitchell’s family had reported her missing after not hearing from her since March 14th, 2023. Surveillance footage from that night showed her leaving Maggie O’Brien’s in Sunset Hills. It is alleged that Mitchell met up with Dejoie after leaving the restaurant, and her body remained in his bedroom for six days before being found.

The verdict brings closure to a tragic case that has gripped the community. The trial saw prosecutors present evidence tying Dejoie to Mitchell’s death, including surveillance footage and testimony from witnesses. The jury’s decision to find him guilty on multiple charges reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed.

The sentencing hearing on May 17th will provide an opportunity for Mitchell’s family and loved ones to address the court and express the impact of their loss. The recommendations for maximum sentences, particularly for the sex crimes, demonstrate the jury’s belief in holding Dejoie accountable for his actions.

This case serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough investigations and the pursuit of justice. The diligent work of law enforcement and the prosecution team brought the facts to light and ultimately led to a guilty verdict. As the community grapples with the aftermath of this tragic event, the sentencing hearing will provide an opportunity for closure and reflection on the impact of such crimes.