Grandmother: Boy ID’d killer of Eddy Curry’s daughter and her mother
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO AND MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporters February 4, 2013 2:50PM
Nova Henry and her daughter, Ava
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:19AM
Former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry’s 3-year-old son told his grandmother a secret when she discovered him home alone with the slain bodies of his infant sister and mother:
“Fredrick did it.”
Then the boy “put his finger up to his lips and said, ‘Sh-h-h.’”
That was the testimony Monday of the grandmother, Yolan Henry, in the opening day of the murder trial of Chicago attorney Fredrick D. Goings.
Henry’s grandson was found bundled up and asleep on a La-Z-Boy wearing underwear and a Spider-Man shirt in his mother’s South Loop townhouse.
Goings, 40, is accused of fatally shooting 10-month-old Ava Curry-Henry and her 24-year-old mother, Nova Henry, on Jan. 24, 2009. Nova Henry hired Goings in 2006 to represent her in a child support case against Curry.
Goings and his client began a romantic on-and/off again relationship that became abusive, prompting Nova Henry to take out a restraining order against the lawyer in 2007 that later lapsed, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim McKay said in opening statements.
Goings allegedly became enraged when he learned Nova Henry, with a new attorney, was trying to fight paying him $24,000 in legal fees. McKay said Goings was obsessed with the money that he thought Nova Henry had access to through her connection to Curry. He was playing for the New York Knicks at the time.
“This man, this lawyer had dollar signs in his eyes,” McKay said.
It is unknown if Curry, 30, who’d met his son once before the murders, and never met his infant daughter, will be called to testify in the trial, but the 7-foot-tall Thornwood High School standout who currently plays in China is on the witness list.
Defense attorneys argued there is nothing tying Goings to the murders, such as eyewitnesses or physical evidence. Cook County Assistant Public Defender Brett Balmer said investigators only focused their attention on Goings.
“They never checked out any other suspects,” Balmer told jurors.
McKay said investigators have video surveillance of Goings’ black Range Rover parked near Nova Henry’s townhouse around the time of the murders. Prosecutors say shell casings found at the scene of the crime match a bullet found inside Goings’ car. McKay also told jurors that investigators found gunshot residue on Goings’ steering wheel and the cuff of one of his jackets.
“He pointed that gun at that 24-year-old mother, and he started squeezing the trigger, she had to be running for her life,” said McKay.
Relatives of Nova Henry dabbed tears from their eyes as photos of the slain woman and her infant daughter were shown in court, surrounded by a pool of blood and children’s toys.
The trial is expected to last about two weeks.