Anthony Q. Jackson and Sanchez Mixon didn't know each other when they met at the Green Line station in Bronzeville on the South Side.
Mixon lay dying on the platform and Jackson was gone. That's
Prosecutors say Jackson, 45, walked up to Mixon, talked to him briefly and,
unprovoked, punched him in the head and knocked him to the ground around 11:30
a.m. Saturday. Then he kicked Mixon and at one point jumped on his head with
Jackson paused four times during the
beating, only to start stomping on Mixon again.
Several people at the L station
in the 300 block of East 43rd Street yelled at Jackson to stop and called 911.
As Jackson fled, someone rolled Mixon over on his back and found him bleeding
from his head.
Mixon, of the 300 block of South Michigan Avenue, was
taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at 12:13 p.m. He was 37.
autopsy determined the primary cause of death was blunt force injuries to his
head, and a secondary cause of death was cardiac valvular disease. His death was
rule a homicide.
Jackson's public defender, Marijane Placek, said it was
Mixon who started the fight and Jackson was only defending himself. Jackson was
minding his own business when Mixon came up and began threatening Jackson. Then
Mixon began hitting him, Placek said.
"[Mixon] was verbally and
physically threatening him," Placek said. "My client was forced to fight
Jackson is a single father of five children who is taking computer
classes at DePaul University, she said. His brother is a Chicago police officer
and another brother is a former federal prosecutor who is now in private
practice. Jackson surrendered two days after the attack accompanied by his
brother, according to Simonton and Placek.
Placek noted that Mixon has an
extensive criminal history and Jackson had reason to fear for his
Mixon's criminal history goes back to 1993 and includes more than
20 arrests and several convictions for drugs, and assault, according to court
records. Jackson was convicted of misdemeanor battery conviction in
Jackson, of the 500 block of East 67th Street in the Park Manor
neighborhood, is charged with first-degree murder.