August 21, 2019
It sounds like Mr. Battle didn’t do a good job of representin’ himself in court.
A Cook County jury on Friday evening convicted a homeless man who’d defended himself against first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges in the slaying of an off-duty Chicago police officer.
Prosecutors alleged that Jovan Battle, 32, pointed the gunman to a car on March 23, leading him to open fire and fatally shooting Officer John Rivera and wounding one of three friends with him.
“But for this guy, this wouldn’t happen,” Assistant State’s Attorney Patrick Morley told jurors earlier Friday in closing arguments. ” … He’s the glue that made it all happen.”
Jurors took little more than two hours before finding Battle guilty on all counts: first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He faces a sentence of up to 150 years in prison.
Battle, who is being held without bond, raised his middle finger to prosecutors and the courtroom gallery full of the victims’ supporters as sheriff’s deputies escorted him to a lockup.
“See you later,” he said. “F– y’all, too.”
Very, very disrespectful.