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Man charged with murdering his father over nagging held on $2 million bond

Updated: March 28, 2013 4:29PM



The son of an O’Hare Airport security officer was ordered held in lieu 0f $2 million bail Thursday for allegedly stabbing his father to death because he was tired of the older man’s continuous nagging to clean the basement.

Mason Johnson rushed his 48-year-old father while he was sitting on the sofa on Sunday, stabbing him multiple times in the face and head, assistant Cook County state’s attorney Michael Rusch said.

When Kenneth Johnson tried to pry the knife away from his son, the 24-year-old allegedly threw the older man to the ground, got on his back and put him in a chokehold.

Mason Johnson eventually dropped the knife and his father grabbed a hold of the weapon and stabbed the younger man, Rusch said.

But Mason Johnson got the knife again and continued to attack his father, Rusch said.

Kenneth Johnson ended up escaping and went upstairs.

Others who were in the Morgan Park home, where Mason Johnson moved into in December, saw him on his father’s back and the blood that resulted from the stabbing, Rusch said.

Officers, who were called to the residence in the 11400 block of South Rockwell Street, saw Mason Johnson with the knife and ordered him to drop it, Rusch said.

But Mason Johnson allegedly refused to comply and had to be Tasered.

Kenneth Johnson died as a result of his wounds in the altercation assistant public defender Marijane Placek described as a ‘fight” Thursday.

Standing next to her client who had bandages on both of his hands and arms, Placek described Mason Johnson as the “victim.”

Placek continued, citing hospital records, saying that Mason Johnson’s injuries were defensive wounds.

Mason Johnson was initially ordered held without bond earlier in the week as he recovered from the weekend incident at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

After hearing the allegations in the case, Judge Edward Harmening reduced the bail to $2 million Thursday.

Kenneth Johnson was an aviation security officer and shift supervisor at O’Hare International Airport, according to Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride.

The Johnsons’ relatives refused comment following Thursday’s hearing.



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