Man accused in Green Line murder has cop, ex-prosecutor as siblings
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter email@example.com March 20, 2013 3:08PM
Anthony Q. Jackson | Chicago Police photo
Updated: April 22, 2013 12:09PM
The commuter charged with stomping another man to death on the CTA Green Line platform over the weekend is a middle-aged college student who has a Chicago Police officer brother and another sibling who once was a federal prosecutor.
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 this week for Saturday’s alleged murder of Sanchez Mixon, according to assistant Cook County public defender Marijane Placek.
“When he knew police were looking, he turned himself two days later. ... It’s test week at DePaul and he’s concerned about missing them,” Placek said Wednesday urging Judge Israel Desierto to give Jackson a low bond.
Desierto ordered Jackson, 45, held in lieu of $500,000 bail as his lawyer brother, George Jackson III, 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.
But Jackson’s brother told the Sun-Times that Mixon, who has a history of mental illness, prompted the interaction with Jackson as he tried to make his way to DePaul.
“He [Jackson] was texting a friend over his inability to meet because he had to study when Mr. Mixon initiated contact,” George Jackson III said.
Prosecutors had a different story.
They said it was Jackson who started the physical contact by punching Mixon in the head after the two strangers started talking on the platform as they waited for the “L.”
Jackson eventually knocked Mixon to the ground and started stomping and jumping on his head with both feet, assistant state’s attorney Stephanie 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 mental illness, suggesting 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, George Jackson III, who is now in private practice, confirmed that the siblings also have a police officer in the family.
Anthony Jackson is a “good father” and has two daughters in college, his brother said. He used to drive a truck before he enrolled in school full time.
“I’m very proud of my brother,” said George Jackson III.
George Jackson III cited the high-profile David Koschman case as the reason he believes prosecutors were motivated to charge his brother with murder.
Koschman was killed followed a drunken argument in 2004 but it was only this year and after several stories written in the Sun-Times, that former Mayor Richard Daley’s nephew Richard “R.J.” Vanecko was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
“I have to express my condolences to Mr. Mixon’s family. It’s a really tragic confluence of a number of events that led to this outcome,” George Jackson III said.
George Jackson III said Anthony Jackson refuses to take money from his family and lives on public assistance. He now has to be convinced to let his relatives bail him out.
“That’s $50,000 he’d rather see go to his kids, but we have to convince him that he needs to be with them,” George Jackson III said.
DePaul University spokeswoman Cindy Lawson confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Anthony Jackson is a student at the school.