The commuter charged with stomping another man to death on the CTA Green Line platform over the weekend is a college student who has a Chicago Police officer brother and another sibling who once was a federal prosecutor, the man’s attorney said Wednesday.
Anthony Jackson, a single father of five, was trying to better his life by enrolling at DePaul University, where he was studying computer science before he turned himself in for Saturday’s alleged murder of Sanchez Mixon, assistant Cook County public defender Marijane Placek said.
“When he knew police were looking were looking for him, he turned himself two days later. ... It’s test week at DePaul and he’s concerned about missing them,” Placek said urging Judge Israel Desierto to give Jackson low bond.
Desierto ordered Jackson, 45, held in lieu of $500,000 bond as his lawyer brother looked on.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Jackson is accused of stomping on Mixon in what prosecutors said was an unprovoked attack in the 300 block of East 43rd Street.
Jackson, who did not know Mixon, initiated the attack by punching Mixon in the head after the two started talking on the platform as they waited for the “L,” assistant state’s attorney Stephanie Buck said.
Jackson eventually knocked Mixon to the ground and started stomping and jumping on his head with both feet, Buck said. Mixon never hit Jackson, Buck said.
Jackson allegedly took several short breaks before attacking the victim again as other CTA passengers screamed and called 911.
When a passenger came to help 37-year-old Mixon by rolling him over, the passenger noticed Mixon was bleeding from the head and was unconscious, Buck said.
Mixon died from blunt force trauma.
Jackson fled the scene, but he was identified by witnesses in a line-up and captured on two surveillance cameras, Buck said.
Placek, who recognized Mixon’s name from when her office represented him in court, pointed to his lengthy criminal record and suggested that the situation leading to his death was of his “making.”
Mixon has had several arrests, mostly for drugs and misdemeanor assault charges, according to the records. He was cleared in some of the cases.
Jackson, of the 500 block of East 67th Street, has a 1987 battery conviction in McLean County.
Following the court hearing Wednesday, his lawyer brother, who is now in private practice, confirmed that the siblings also have a police officer in the family.
Officials with DePaul University couldn’t immediately confirm if Jackson is a student at the school.
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