CHICAGO—Chicago’s reputation as a city of murder and gun violence took another alarming turn Monday when a sitting Cook County, Il., judge was shot to death outside his home on the city’s far South Side, shortly after 5:00 o’clock in the morning.
Judge Raymond Myles, 66, was murdered, and an unnamed woman companion, 52, was shot in the leg by a gunman who fled the scene.
Judge Myles was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The woman, who had called 911, was in serious condition at Christ Medical Center in suburban Evergreen Park.
Myles was an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Criminal Division. He had been a Cook County judge since 1999 and a judge in the criminal division since 2009.
He had been the judge in several high-profile cases, including the 2008 murders of three relatives of singer and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson. Myles ordered William Balfour, the suspect in the case, held without bond for the murders. He was later convicted.
Police believe Myles was shot to death during a robbery attempt but nothing was taken. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Last year, there were 762 murders in Chicago, the highest number recorded in 19 years.