COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry's ex-girlfriend ran toward the door of her South Loop home, clutching the one-time couple's daughter in her arms, but her former lawyer and lover kept shooting until both lay dying in a pool of blood, prosecutors said Monday.
But Frederick Goings allegedly left Curry and Nova Henry's other child Noah unharmed, and the boy later told his grandmother that Goings was the killer, the woman testified.
Goings was Henry's "greedy lawyer ... [and] abusive lover," Assistant State's Attorney Jim McKay said during opening statements at Goings' murder trial. " ... He was her killer.
The trial at Cook County Criminal Court in the four-year-old case is expected to take several days.
Goings' attorney, Susan Smith, argued that police never investigated any other possible suspects in the murders and said the case against him was largely circumstantial.
Smith also tried to convince the judge to declare a mistrial based on the grandmother's statements about what Noah told her, but the motion was denied.
Prosecutors argued that Goings, now 40, had "dollar signs in his eyes" in 2006 when he met Henry, who wanted to take the millionaire Curry, a Harvey native she had two children with, to court in a paternity case.
Goings agreed to take the case, and the two also got involved in what would be a volatile "on-again, off-again" romantic relationship, prosecutors said. But on Goings' birthday, Jan. 24, 2009, he went to Henry's townhome where he allegedly discovered Henry and a new lawyer she had hired were contesting $24,000 Goings had billed her.
Goings shot Henry and Ava multiple times and left them to die in a "pool of their own blood" before driving his black SUV to Michigan City, Ind., prosecutors said, where he rented a room at the Comfort Inn, prosecutors said. Police followed him, they said, and watched from a distance as he walked into the woods and then the hotel pool "without his bathing suit" to wash himself.
"Bizarre behavior," McKay said.
Yolan Henry, who found the bodies of her daughter and granddaughter after they were killed, choked back tears and suffered a minor asthma attack as she testified Monday.
She told the jury what 3-year-old Noah said when she asked him after the crime, "Who hurt mama?"
"'Fredrick did it,'" the boy told her, she testified. He then "put his finger up to his lips and said, 'Shhhh.'"