An Illinois couple found dead in their home on Monday died from stabbings, police say.
Citing the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Thomas Johnson, 69, and Leslie Ann Jones, 67, died of multiple sharp force injuries. The pair, who were married attorneys, was found dead after officers performed a wellness check at their Oak Park home.
In addition to being Harvard Law School graduates, Johnson and Jones were attorneys who were partners at the law firm Johnson, Jones, Snelling, Gilbert & Davis.
Johnson represented the Chicago Housing Authority for more than 24 years and specialized in social justice and corporate accountability. Last year, he oversaw disciplinary hearings for four officers accused of concealing information in the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. Jones, who also had degrees from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Yale, focused on health care, civil rights, and real estate law.
While police suggested there’s no threat to the public, Oak Park police Chief LaDon Reynolds said evidence from the scene indicates Johnson and Jones died under “suspicious circumstances.” Further, Reynolds said the couple’s injuries didn’t appear to be self-inflicted.
Jones and Johnson’s deaths were ruled homicides. The Chicago Tribune reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are assisting Oak Park police in their ongoing investigation.
Authorities haven’t disclosed whether they’ve identified a suspect in this case.
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[Featured image: Leslie Ann Jones and Thomas Johnson/Handout]