A South Side lawyer was convicted Tuesday of murdering the ex-girlfriend of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry and his 10-month-old daughter.
Fredrick D. Goings, who was hired by Nova Henry in a child support case against Curry, shot the 24-year-old woman in her South Loop condo while she ran from the gunfire, holding her daughter, Ava, on Jan. 24, 2009, according to Cook County prosecutors.
Goings, 40, showed no visible reaction when the jury delivered the guilty verdicts after nearly four hours of deliberations Tuesday evening.
A few of Goings’ relatives buried their hands in their faces and cried.
Nearly three-dozen of Henry and Ava’s relatives also shed tears, but they also sighed with relief and smiled.
“I’m feeling elated. I can breathe,” Henry’s mother, Yolan Henry, said outside of Judge Maura Slattery Boyle’s courtroom. “I feel justice has been served for Nova, Ava and Noah,” Nova Henry’s surviving son.
Goings had an on-and-off romantic relationship with Nova Henry but allegedly grew incensed when he learned that she had hired another lawyer and was planning to fight paying him $24,000 in attorney’s fees.
Goings fled to Indiana after gunning down the mother and daughter at 51 W. 15th Street.
A hotel worker at a Comfort Inn in Michigan City, Ind., testified last week that Goings was in a rush to do his laundry at a late hour. And police said they saw Goings in the hotel pool, furiously cleaning his nails in an apparent attempt to wash off evidence.
Curry and Nova Henry’s then 3-year-old son, Noah, also was at the condo at the time of the shootings, but he was unharmed.
When Yolan Henry found the boy alone with the bodies of his slain infant sister and mother, he allegedly told his grandmother who pulled the trigger.
“Fredrick did it,” Yolan Henry said Noah told her.
Then the boy “put his finger to his lips and said, ‘Shhh,” Yolan Henry testified on the stand.
Curry, who now plays for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in China, was not called to testify.
Defense attorneys had maintained that Goings was innocent, pointing that no physical evidence tied him to the double murders.
Tuesday, President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, was a court holiday. But the judge wanted to forge ahead with deliberations.
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