A Chicago man’s Facebook page — which highlighted him counting large sums of money — linked him to the murder and robbery of Michael Hardy, according to court records.
Joseph “Woo” Jackson, 26, of Chicago, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
If convicted of all charges, Jackson faces life in prison and fines up to $125,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Jackson shot and killed Hardy on Jan. 13, 2016 in Hardy’s home at 3207 Indiana St. Hardy was killed with a .25 caliber gun.
Racine Police found Hardy’s body several days after the shooting. His last phone call was made to a local food bank, but he allegedly had $10,000 in cash that police did not find in his apartment. During the investigation, police found that a loud music complaint was lodged against Hardy on Jan. 13 and Jackson had been at the apartment at the time.
The day before the shooting witnesses told police that Jackson showed them a gun. Jackson denied owning a .25 caliber gun, but on his Facebook page he told his girlfriend that he threw the gun in the lake. He also denied being in Racine and having contact with police on Jan. 13.
Jackson also had photos of himself “flashing and counting large sums of money, some of which still contained bank bands.”
Those photos, according to the complaint, were posted after hardy had been killed.
Another witness told police that Jackson and Hardy helped to set up a fake bank account at Chase Bank. Jackson never admitted to killing Hardy, but he “was very nervous” and he asked the witness how long investigators could investigate a homicide. Jackson also knew several details about the murder, including how many times he had been shot.
Jackson also told the witness how to silence a gun with a soda bottle and that you needed to leave a window open to “keep people from noticing the body.” Jackson is charged with illegally obtaining money.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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