Boy, 16, charged with his second murder
Nov 29, 2012 (Chicago Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
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, authorities said.
Bail was denied today for Kevin Eason, who has a criminal record stretching back to when he was 12, according to court documents.
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, prosecutors said.
Clarke, 39, was killed in the 5800 block of South Aberdeen Street about 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. According to a police report 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 money.
Clarke yelled, "Bloody Jesus, Blood of Jesus,'' before the gunman shot Clarke one time and all three fled, according to prosecutors. 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, prosecutors said.
In the carjacking, officers chased the car and the robberes crashed and fled, prosecutors said. 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, prosecutors said.
On 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 Clarke, prosecutors said.
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, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors 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, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini and court records.
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.
Eason also has an extensive juvenile record, with convictions beginning in 2008 when he was 12, officials say. The convictions include battery, theft and assault. At the time of Clarke's murder, he was on probation for a 2011 assault conviction, Santini said.
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