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Chicago Lawyer Charged with Murder Had Four Battery Convictions

Posted Feb 24, 2009 11:21 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Chicago lawyer charged in the murder of the ex-girlfriend of New York Knicks player Eddie Curry has had four battery convictions, prosecutors say.

A judge in Chicago has denied bail for the lawyer, Fredrick Goings, who is charged with the murder of Nova Henry and her 10-month-old daughter, Ava, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors contend Goings became romantically involved with Henry after he represented her in a paternity case against Curry, then became abusive when she wanted to end the relationship.

Goings has been licensed to practice in Illinois since 2005. He has had four battery convictions, prosecutors say, including one in California, according to the AP story.

Henry was shot six times on Jan. 24 and her daughter, twice. A son was unharmed.

Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that when police arrested Goings at an Indiana hotel after the murders, he jumped in the swimming pool and tried to wash himself and clean his fingernails. He was questioned and released until he was charged on Sunday.

Prosecutors outlined the evidence against Goings. They say neighbors heard a man believed to be Goings arguing with Henry before she was shot, and cell phone records indicated his cell phone was in the area of Henry’s apartment, the Sun-Times reports. Security cameras outside recorded Goings' black Range Rover parked closed to Henry's South Loop townhome. Gun residue was found on Goings’ sleeve and a bullet found in his car was the same caliber and from the same manufacturer as shell casings found at the murder scene.

Goings' lawyer, John Lyke, said his client maintains his innocence.

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