Aurora Female Accused of Fatally Slashing Naperville Man in the Neck at Apartment on Inland Circle, Naperville

Jessica Hoskin, murder suspect in Naperville.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall announced Friday October 4, 2019 that bond has been set for an Aurora female suspect charged with the murder of Scott Hardy, age 54, of Naperville. Jessica Hoskin, age 29 of 2349 Redbud Lane in Aurora, appeared at a bond hearing Friday morning October 4, 2019 where Judge Liam Brennan set bond at $500,000 with 10% to apply. Jessica Hoskin has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder.

On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Naperville Police officers responded to a call in the block of 700 Inland Circle. Upon arrival, police officers found Scott Hardy, alone and unresponsive in a chair in the living room with blood on his clothing. Hardy was suffering from a significant wound on the left side of his neck under his jawbone. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Hoskin was watching television with Hardy at his apartment when the two began to argue. It is alleged that at some point in time, the argument turned violent and that Hoskin stabbed Hardy in the neck severing his carotid artery and jugular vein. It is further alleged that Hoskin then left the apartment and ultimately turned herself in to the Aurora Police Department.

“It is alleged that in the early evening of October 1, a verbal altercation between Jessica Hoskin and Scott Hardy turned physical resulting in the death of Mr. Hardy. I offer my sincerest condolences to Scott’s family and friends as they try to come to terms with this tragic, senseless loss of life. I would like to thank the Naperville Police Department for their work on this very sad case as well as the Aurora Police Department for their assistance. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Louisa Nuckolls and Alyssa Rabulinski, for their efforts.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin

“This was an unnecessary loss of life and a terrible crime that required an attentive initial response by our patrol division and a relentless follow-up investigation by our detectives and crime scene unit,” said Chief of Police Robert Marshall. “Our investigators worked tirelessly through the night and into the following days to quickly resolve this case and take the offender into custody. I would like to recognize them for their hard work and also thank the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, specifically Assistant State’s Attorneys Helen Kapas, Alyssa Rabulinski and Louisa Nuckolls for their guidance and assistance in this case.”

Hoskin’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 5, 2019, for arraignment in front of Judge Brennan.

Authorities reminded members of the public that these complaints contain only charges and are not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jessica Hoskin, murder suspect in Naperville.



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