Desk clerk says man did laundry hours after allegedly killing Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend
RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org February 5, 2013 7:04PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 8:38PM
The lawyer accused of murdering former Chicago Bulls Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend and the couple’s infant daughter was in a hurry to do laundry several hours after the double slayings, a former Indiana hotel worker testified Tuesday.
Michael Frey said he was working the overnight shift at a Comfort Inn in Michigan City, Ind., the evening of Jan. 24, 2009, when Fredrick D. Goings came up to the front desk.
“He asked if we had a laundry room and if we had detergent. I directed him to the room and the vending machine where he could buy the detergent. He left, I presumed, to wash his clothes,” Frey testified at Goings’ trial at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.
Later that morning, as officers approached, Goings jumped into the hotel’s pool, washing himself and cleaning his fingernails, police sources said at the time.
Goings was hired by Nova Henry in 2006 to represent her in a child support case against Curry. Goings and Henry, 24, had an on-and-off relationship and could often be heard by Henry’s Near South Side neighbors screaming and yelling, according to court testimony.
Goings, enraged that Henry allegedly intended to fight $24,000 in legal fees, gunned down Henry and Ava, her 10-month-old daughter with Curry, in Henry’s town home on Feb. 24, 2009, Cook County prosecutors allege. Curry’s then 3-year-old boy was found asleep and unharmed in the residence, in the first block of West 15th Street.
“I heard a loud noise. I first thought it was hammering, but then I thought, ‘That could be gunfire,’ ” Henry’s neighbor Christopher Berry said Tuesday. After the banging, “I heard a male voice that said “F - - - you.”
Earlier Tuesday, Henry’s mother, Yolan Henry, cried and buried her face in her hands when a former Cook County medical examiner went over gruesome autopsy photos of her slain daughter and granddaughter with prosecutors.