The jury trial of a Jennings County man charged with murder in connection with the May 2019 burning death of a man at Country Squire Lakes has been postponed.
Michael Wayne Hubbard, 36, of Butlerville was arrested on March 2, 2021 on a warrant for murder and arson resulting in serious bodily injury, and was originally scheduled to stand trial on Aug. 16 for the burning death of Robert L. Head Jr., 47, that occurred at RK Bait & Tackle in North Vernon.
Head suffered multiple burns as a result of a car fire, which occurred on May 3, 2019, and he ultimately passed away from his injuries after falling into a coma at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. Body cam footage provided by deputies captured Head, before his passing, saying that a man had thrown gas on him, set him on fire, and that the man’s name was “Mike.”
Witnesses believed Hubbard had been given a ride by Head after doing some handyman work for a mutual acquaintance the day the incident took place.
In his initial interview with police, Hubbard denied killing Head and told deputies that the latter had just given him a ride home. However, further investigation by law enforcement led to Hubbard’s arrest this past spring.
A motion for a speedy trial was made on May 19, and then rescheduled for July 12. However, counsel for Hubbard filed a motion for a trial continuance on June 9.
The continuance was granted on June 10 with the next move in the case either being a hearing to reset the jury trial date or a hearing possibly related to a plea agreement.
According to court records, Hubbard’s counsel will be allowed 60 days to broker a plea agreement and enter a guilty plea or the state will request that a new jury trial date be set at any time after the continuance order expires. The new jury trial date will not be altered.