Chicago man accused of killing mom’s longtime friend in Roseland
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter March 28, 2014 3:10PM
Updated: March 28, 2014 3:26PM
On a summer day last year, Eric Murchinson helped his mother and her longtime friend Aurelia Wilborn unload some groceries in their Roseland neighborhood.
The next day, Murchinson allegedly slashed Wilborn’s throat and stole her gray Lexus to use in a heist in west suburban Melrose Park.
Murchinson, who has since pleaded guilty to the July 1, 2013 bank robbery, was charged with Wilborn’s murder this week after authorities were able to link evidence from the crime to the 44-year-old man, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.
Blood recovered from Murchinson’s pants and Wilborn’s car tested positive for Wilborn’s DNA, Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.
Additionally, Murchinson’s fingerprint was on a bag lying next to the 64-year-old woman’s lifeless body, discovered in her garage three days after she was killed, Runk said.
Murchinson had known Wilborn for more than 35 years, according to prosecutors.
The day before the murder, Murchinson drove home after helping the women with their groceries.
But an hour later, Murchinson’s mother said she saw him walk toward Wilborn’s home in the 10800 block of South Calumet Avenue, Runk said.
Later that morning, Murchinson walked into a Melrose Park Fifth Third Bank branch at 2501 North Ave. with Wilborn’s vehicle registration and pretended he wanted to renew it.
He then demanded cash, saying he had a weapon.
Murchinson, who took off with $8,000 in cash, was arrested the same day after crashing Wilborn’s car, authorities said.
Murchinson is awaiting sentencing in federal court for the bank robbery.
He has previous convictions for aggravated robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault. He had been out of jail for only seven months before he killed Wilborn and robbed the bank, Runk said.
Murchinson, whose last known address was in the 10900 block of South Edbrooke Avenue, was ordered held without bail Friday.