Man Implicates Himself in Murder, Prosecutors Say
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An alleged killer was caught on tape admitting to a murder and saying, "I play with guns; that's my M.O.," prosecutors said.
Jackson, 23, is now charged with first-degree murder for the November slaying of Darius Hatfield, 22. He appeared on the charges in Cook County Bond Court Friday.
Assistant State's Attorney Michael Rusch said Jackson walked up to a car parked in the 6800 block of South Ridgeland Avenue on Nov. 28 and "began firing."
Hatfield, who was in the driver's seat, was hit in the chest, rib cage and thigh, Rusch said. He tried to run away but collapsed in an alley about a block away.
He was rushed to surgery but died.
Rusch said police have a recording of Jackson talking about the shooting and how he got rid of his clothes and the gun afterward.
Jackson "made statements such as, 'I robbed, I stole, I killed,' " Rusch said. "And, 'If that boy ain't die I'd be in jail right now, for real.'"
Prosecutors also said Jackson bragged: "I play with guns, that's my M.O."
In 2008, Jackson was convicted of unlawful use of a weapon, for which he was sentenced to 18 months probation.
On Friday, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois, Jr. ordered Jackson held without bail.
"You're dangerous; no bail," the judge said.