A 16-year-old boy already under indictment for a fatal carjacking in Dolton has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Canadian trucker who was visiting his brother in the Englewood neighborhood.
Bail was denied
today for Kevin Eason, who has a criminal record stretching back to when he was
Prosecutors said Eason and others had
committed several armed robberies around the time Gary Clarke was killed, and
those cases helped lead police to him. Authorities found text messages where
Eason bragged about all the “licks” or robberies he’d done.
Clarke, 39, was killed in the 5800 block of South Aberdeen Street
about 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. According to police and prosecutors, three
people approached Clarke’s truck that night and one of them pointed a gun at
Clarke, who was seated in the cab with the interior light on, and demanded
Clarke yelled, “Bloody Jesus, Blood of Jesus,’’ before the gunman
shot Clarke one time and all three fled. They left
behind a 9 mm shell casing.
Soon afterwards, a person was robbed at
gunpoint by several people and later identified Eason as of the robbers,
officials said. Eason and others were also involved in the carjacking at
gunpoint of a Lexus.
In the carjacking, officers
chased the car and the robberes crashed and fled. They
recovered a shoe from the car that matched one belonging to Eason. And they also
found a 9mm gun that was used in Clarke’s murder.
Oct. 11, detectives looking into one of several armed robberies were watching
video surveillance at a gas station that showed Eason and someone else using a
credit card belonging to one of the victims. Eason was arrested and proceeds
from several armed robberies were found in his home, including a cell phone.
Photos recovered from it showed Eason posing with the gun used in the murder of
Also on the phone were text messages in which
Eason admitted to doing “licks,” a term for robberies, and referring to the
crashing of the Lexus and losing his shoe.
said a DNA swab was taken from Eason and it matched DNA recovered from the door
handle of the truck.
Eason was already under indictment for a fatal
carjacking and four armed robberies.
Eason, along with Darrell A. Leverson,
were charged in October with murder, armed robbery and carjacking in Dolton.
Eason is also charged with armed robberies in Calumet City, Dolton and Chicago
in early October.