Judge Shot To Death At His Home, His Girlfriend Was The Target
On the morning of Monday, April 10, 2017, Judge Raymond Myles, 66, was shot to death outside his home and a 52-year-old woman identified as his girlfriend was wounded. According to CNN, “Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said video from home surveillance systems played a key role in tracking down a car believed to be used in the attempted robbery. Cameras caught a license plate of the vehicle, she said.” The killer is still unknown, but the get away driver has been captured and identified as Joshua T. Smith. Prosecutors said the gunman had been tracking the movements of Myles’ girlfriend for two to three weeks to learn her schedule.
Judge Raymond Myles Murdered
Information has emerged that Judge Myles was not the target (allegedly) and that this whole thing was an attempt to rob his girlfriend. “In a videotaped statement to detectives, Smith said his partner laid in wait for the girlfriend before 5 a.m. Monday after observing she regularly left the judge’s Far South Side house to work out early in the morning, according to prosecutors.
The gunman surprised the woman by the back garage of the two-story brick residence, shooting her in the left thigh, prosecutors said. But the gunman was unable to snatch her purse away from her, according to law enforcement sources.
Apparently hearing the gunfire, Myles, 66, emerged onto the rear porch and confronted the gunman. He was shot five times and killed. The girlfriend, 52, survived.”
Smith waited in a car nearby; when the gunman ran back after the shooting, they sped off. The gunman managed to get away with the woman’s gym bag, but was furious to find it did not contain any money. The gunman was made to believe that the judge’s girlfriend was carrying as much as $3,000 in cash, according to the Tribune.
What We Know:
- Police are still seeking the gunman and are investigating a possible third participant
- Smith, 37, was ordered held without bond at the hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, the same courthouse where Myles had worked for years
- Smith faces felony charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery as well as a misdemeanor count of obstruction of a peace officer
- Police have said the ex-girlfriend owned the getaway car but did not know about the robbery plot. Red 2005 Pontiac Sunfire.
- Joshua Smith, the getaway driver, is related to the ex-husband of Myles’ girlfriend
- Myles’ girlfriend filed for divorce from her husband in 2015, court records show. The exact relationship between Smith and the ex-husband is unknown.
- Myles’ girlfriend, her ex-husband filed for an emergency order of protection against her, which a judge granted. The order was vacated a month later, court records show.
- Myles was involved in the case against William Balfour, who was convicted of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew,
- Myles was also involved in the case of the 1993 massacre at a Brown’s Chicken fast food restaurant in Palatine, Illinois,
Judge Myles’ murder, and the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam shortly after, has sparked the attention of conspiracy theorists and skeptics alike. It is very suspicious that Judge Myles’ girlfriend owned the getaway vehicle and has ties to the driver. Some conspiracy theorists have stated that the girlfriend orchestrated this entire event to gain something, but what? What cases or events were the Chicago Judge involved in before his death? Some have stated that the deaths of Chicago Judge Myles and Abdus-Salaam were engineered to get blacks out of high courts. We don’t like opinions, so it is best to wait for more facts to emerge.
Judge Raymond Myles