Police are investigating the fatal shooting death of esteemed criminal court Judge Raymond Myles in front of his Chicago home on Monday morning.
Investigators reportedly suspect that Myles, 66, and a 52-year-old woman were the victims of a botched robbery: Burglary appeared to be the motive, but Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples told The Chicago Tribune that nothing was taken from the home.
The late judge was reportedly leaving to go to a local gym when the shooting occurred.
According to DNAinfo, police said the female victim, who is the judge’s girlfriend, walked out of Myles’ home and was shot in the leg. After the suspect and Judge Myles exchanged words, the gunman then reportedly shot the Judge four times between his home and garage.
Judge Myles was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The unnamed woman underwent surgery and is in serious condition. The Chicago Tribune reports that she is expected to survive.
There is reportedly no indication that the woman knew her attacker. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Judge Myles had surveillance cameras on his property, and police are hoping surveillance footage will help them identify the murder suspect.
The Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Myles to a vacant role in 1999. Filling the vacancy for a year, circuit judges appointed him as an associate judge in June 2001. Myles worked in the Criminal Division since March 2009, according to an official statement released by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.
Chief Judge Evans gave a statement about the tragic death:
Judge Myles joined the bench with a wealth of experience in law and extensive service to the community. I have always known Judge Myles to be focused and determined in the pursuit of justice, and his conduct earned him the confidence and respect of the people who appeared before him.”
The Chicago Crusader noted that Judge Myles was tied to several high-profile cases. One of which involved William Balfour—who was subsequently sentenced to life in prison for murdering three members of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s family. Judge Myles ordered Balfour be held without bond.
According to ABC News, the FBI is offering $25,000 to anyone who provides information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
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