Police Arrest Ex-Con for Chicago Judge’s Murder

By Frederick H. Lowe

CHICAGO—Chicago police on Wednesday arrested a man for the murder of a sitting Cook County, Il., judge, and they are looking for others, but they won’t say how many.

Police took Joshua T. Smith, 37, in custody for the murder on Monday of Judge Raymond Myles, 66, an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Criminal Division and the wounding of his unnamed female companion.

Smith, who served six years in prison in 2003 for armed robbery, is charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and obstruction of justice, Melissa Staples, chief of detectives, said during a news conference at police headquarters.

Joshua T. Smith

Judge Myles was shot to death during the early morning hours outside of his home on the far South Side. Police speculated that it was an attempted robbery. Smith is being held in Cook County Jail without bond.

Staples said police do not think Smith acted alone. Smith is believed to be the driver of the getaway car. Police are reportedly searching for the gunman and a third person.

Judge Raymond Myles
Judge Raymond Myles

Police got a lead on the getaway car through surveillance cameras that Judge Myles installed on his house and that he urged his neighbors to install. The cameras captured a video of the getaway car and its license plate.

Police tracked the license plate to a car on the South Side. One of the car’s plates had been changed but the other had not, Staples said.

The FBI has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Judge Myles’ killers.

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