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Trial of father charged with murder of 8-year-old Navin Jones delayed

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The trial of Brandon Walker — the father of 8-year-old Navin Jones — has been delayed until Sept. 18.

Walker is charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the death of the boy, who died March 29, 2022. The Peoria County coroner ruled the cause of death was due to extreme neglect and abuse.

The trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but was delayed because a key witness for the defense was not subpoenaed, and therefore wasn’t present to give testimony.

Walker is being represented by attorney Gary Morris. The prosecutor is Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos.

Walker and Navin’s mother, Stephanie Jones, are both charged with six counts of first-degree murder. Both face up to life in prison after the Peoria County’s State’s Attorney’s office filed a “brutal and heinous” enhancement to the charges.

Stephanie Jones' trial is scheduled for Sept. 26. Both she and Walker are being held on $5 million bonds.

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Camryn Cutinello is a reporter at WCBU. You can reach Camryn at cncutin@ilstu.edu.