Adams was back in Chicago and unhappy on the job by June, but LaPlaca told him, "Si likes you. We'll go to $20,000." In July Adams asked LaPlaca for permission to get another man on the deal and to up the fee to $30,000. LaPlaca agreed, and Adams hired Julius Barnes, who worked with him in the Stockyards. Bringing a fresh eye to the job, Barnes suggested the duo might be better off with a high-powered rifle, and Adams got his girl friend to procure a 30-06 Savage from a friend. At Si's farm Adams test-fired the rifle into a grove of trees, and subsequently he and Barnes took to driving up to Palatine after work to look for George.
On the night of Oct. 28 they found George at home. Adams waited by the car while Barnes crept up to the open basement window and fired. As Barnes later boasted to Adams in a conversation overheard by an IBI agent, "Yeah, I got him good. I got him dead center."
Once Adams confessed, the IBI got him to retrieve both the murder weapon and Si's "Enforcer" from Barnes. Ballistics tests matched the slug that killed George Jayne with slugs removed from the trees on Si Jayne's farm. Moreover, Si's left thumb print was found on one of the payoff bills.
Si, LaPlaca and Barnes were arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to murder on May 22, 1971, charges Si himself has steadfastly denied. At the conclusion of the recent trial the jury of nine women and three men found Barnes guilty of murder, and Si and LaPlaca were found guilty of conspiracy to murder, a decision Attorney Bailey claims is "ridiculous."
Silas Jayne has spent two years in the county jail awaiting trial for George's killing. Should Bailey's appeal fail, this time will be credited against the judge's sentence. In robust health, Si conceivably could live out his sentence and return to the horse show ring. Minus one competitor, of course.