CHICAGO — A Cook County, Illinois judge has reportedly been shot dead just outside his home in Chicago. A woman was also allegedly attacked by the same person before the judge came out of his house to rescue her. The woman, in her early fifties, also reportedly received gunshot wounds.
Authorities suggest that the 66-year-old Judge Raymond Myles was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Authorities claim that it appears that both the woman and the judge were leaving to go workout. When the woman first came out of the entrance gate, she was confronted by an armed man. He attacked the woman and when the judge came out to her rescue, an altercation began and later the gunman pumped several bullets in the judge’s body, forcing him to collapse and subsequently die from the gunshot wounds.
Till now police haven’t been able to verify a robbery angle. Authorities claim that till now they haven’t been able to find anything missing from the house.
While police haven’t said as to who the woman was, they have called her a ‘close associate’ of the late justice.
Judge Raymond Myles had a distinguished record as he judge for close to two decades. A Chicago Tribune report claims that Myles was actually an associate judge in Cook County Circuit Court’s Criminal Division. He was judge at the Cook County since 1999 and was associated with criminal division since 2009. He was also involved in several high-profile cases. He reportedly ordered William Balfour held without bond in the 2008 killings of three relatives of singer Jennifer Hudson. Balfour was later convicted.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans in a statement, while paying tribute to the slain judge said, “Judge Myles joined the bench with a wealth of experience in law and extensive service to the community. I have always known Judge Myles to be focused and determined in the pursuit of justice, and his conduct earned him the confidence and respect of the people who appeared before him…All of our colleagues at the Leighton Criminal Court Building will miss Judge Myles, who they came to know for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice.”