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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bond to Remain at $750,000 For Cook County Man Accused of Drug Induced Homicide

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Chief of the Downers Grove Police Department Shanon Gillette, announced today that bond will remain at $750,000 with 10% to apply for a Cook County man charged with supplying heroin to an acquaintance resulting in a fatal overdose. On February 25, 2019, Gregory Jones, 47 (d.o.b. 9/9/1971) of 1012 S. 12th Avenue, Maywood, appeared in Bond Court where bond was set at $750,000 with 10% to apply in accordance with a previously issued arrest warrant. This morning, Jones appeared at a bond reduction hearing where Judge Robert Miller denied Jones’ request for a reduction in bond from the current $750,000 to $30,000. Jones is charged with one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X Felony in the death of twenty-one-year-year-old Alexander Zabinski of Downers Grove.


On December 15, 2018, at approximately 6 a.m., Zabinski was found by a family member laying on his bed along with a needle and nylon strand. The family member called for assistance and administered Narcan and started CPR before medics arrived. Zabinski was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. A spoon was located under Zabinski’s pillow and a micro baggie containing a powdery substance, later determined to be heroin, was found in his pocket. It is alleged that on December 14, 2018, Zabinski traveled to Maywood where he met Jones who sold him five bags of heroin. It is alleged that Zabinski then traveled back to his home and ingested the heroin Jones supplied him. An investigation into the death led by the Downers Grove Police Department led authorities to Jones who was taken into custody on February 4, 2019.


“In the first two months of 2019, DuPage County has confirmed five deaths as a result of opioid overdoses,” Berlin said. “This senseless loss of life has to stop and one way to stop is to cut the supply line. A dealer may think twice about selling this poison knowing that they will be looking at a significant amount of time behind bars if they are the proven source of a fatal overdose. I would like to offer my condolences to Alex’s family and friends as they continue their lives without the love and friendship Alex provided them. I would like to thank the Downers Grove Police Department for their work in helping us bring a strong prosecution against Mr. Jones. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget Carlson for her efforts not only on this case but for her continued work in holding those who peddle illegal narcotics responsible for their actions.” 


Jones’ next court appearance is scheduled for March 25 for status in front of Judge Miller. 


Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is 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.