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Butte bondsman and assistant found guilty of homicide in fatal shooting of William Harris, III

Nicholas Jaeger was found guilty of deliberate homicide, and Jay Hubber was found guilty of deliberate homicide by accountability.
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Posted at 7:01 AM, Mar 15, 2024

BUTTE — A jury Thursday evening found a Butte bondsman and his assistant guilty in the shooting death of a Butte man in his home in 2021.

Butte Deputy County Attorney Kelli Fivey confirmed that Butte bondsman Jay Hubber and Nicholas Jaeger were both found guilty of aggravated burglary. Jaeger also was found guilty of deliberate homicide and Hubber was found guilty of deliberate homicide by accountability.

The 12-member jury found Hubber and Jaeger responsible for the shooting death of William Harris in his home at 815 Main Street the evening of Dec. 19th, 2021. Hubber recruited Jaeger to assist him in picking up a man wanted for skipping bond who was staying in Harris’ home. The pair entered the home without permission and Hubber started struggling with the man he was trying to arrest. Harris demanded the men leave his home as Hubber wrestled with the wanted man. In the Chaos, Jaeger got Hubber’s gun and fatally shot Harris twice.

During the trial, Defense attorneys for Hubber and Jaeger argued that their clients had the legal right to enter the home to make the arrest and the shooting was in self-defense. After seven days of testimony, prosecutors and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments to the jury Thursday morning. By that evening, the jury came back with the guilty verdicts.