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Bail Denied For 20-Year Chicago Veteran's Killer

Bail Denied For 20-Year Chicago Veteran's Killer

Antwon Carter (left) and Officer Michael Bailey (right)

Chicago Tribune via Yellowbrix

July 28, 2011

CHICAGO – Bail was denied today for a man accused of gunning down Chicago police officer Michael Bailey as the 20-year veteran was polishing his brand new Buick, a retirement present to himself.

Antwon Carter, 24, appeared in bond court dressed in a red jail jumpsuit and white sneakers, his hands behind his back. He is charged with murder and attempted armed robbery in the shooting last July in front of Bailey’s home.

Prosecutors entered a “proffer” during the hearing detailing the charges:

As Bailey was cleaning his 2011 Buick Regal near his home, Carter approached and tried to carjack him at gunpoint.

Bailey pulled his service weapon and identified himself as a Chicago police officer. There was an exchange of gunfire and Bailey was shot three times: once in the shoulder, once in the chest and once in the rear flank.

As Carter ran away, he continued to point his gun at Bailey as the officer lay in the street in front of his car.

Carter was identified in a photo array and line-up. He also was overheard bragging about the killing and made statements indicating his involvement to detectives.

The charges came after a long, frustrating year for detectives who chased scores of leads in the case, only to see them fizzle.

“While this case took long to solve. . .we never gave up,” Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a news conference in lobby of the Cook County Criminal Courthouse following the bond hearing.

She said it was frustrating that Carter was on parole at the time — after being convicted a year before for aggravated battery to a peace officer. “But obviously those are the laws in regards to people being released on parole. It’s unfortunate,” she said.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the charges aren’t closure, but a step toward it. “Closure comes when he gets convicted, he goes away and we never see him again,” he said. "And we can point to him and say, ‘This is what happens when you get involved in gun violence regarding a police officer.’ "

Bailey’s widow, Pamela, told reporters that when she first saw Carter’s picture, she thought he looked like a little kid.

“I feel happy. I feel sad since I lost my husband. And I feel sad that this guy, it’s a young guy that would take somebody’s life like that,” she said. “But I’m finally getting some closure, so I feel pretty good.”

Their daughter, Jada Bailey, said Carter’s a “bad apple” and noted that she’s the same age as Carter. “He doesn’t speak for a large majority of my peers,” she said.

During the yearlong investigation, detectives ran down bogus information from confidential informants and sorted through details from witnesses who changed their stories during interviews. They executed search warrants, seeking phone records and saliva samples from potential suspects.

At one point they were told Bailey’s killer was fleeing town; another informant led them to search the South Side home of a Gangster Disciple, who, according to the informant, had discussed the slaying and even had the murder weapon.

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  • Moi_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Too bad Gov Quinn got rid of the death penalty in our state!! These POS need the needle. Huge disservice to the citizens here. Some Justice for Officer Bailey though.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Sadly this veteran lost his life at the hands of a loser let out by the same system the officer devoted his whole life too. Too many lives are lost to the same system that needs a serious overhaul, or better yet a new one put in place. How many more will have to die before the age old problem of "space available only" is resolved. Execution is too easy for this loser, he needs to spend the rest of his days "at hard labor" not sitting in a cell getting a law degree to become a lawyer for the rest of the losers.

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I smell flesh sizzling.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    You mean to tell me that they can't execute this waste of air! Put him in a empty room with a half dozen CPD Officers with baseball bats and turn a blind eye and they will take care of it. He is a dangerous animal and has forfeited his right to live, much less breath free air. Please let him mouth off to the wrong person and get killed in prison. Maybe piss off one of those Aryan Brotherhood dudes.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Damn right he should be held without bond! They are going after the death penalty aren't they?

  • Bodysurfing_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Denial of bail was the ONLY decision here. The accused presents too great a risk.

    "He doesn't speak for a large majority of my peers." Daughter Jada Bailey is courageous, spirited and speaks well for the majority of her peers. She does her father Officer Michael Bailey and her mother, Pamela, great credit.

    May Justice prevail. God bless you, Good Family.

  • Respect_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Give me a short rope and a tall tree...I'll solve any bond issues with this one. RIP Brother Bailey....

  • Img_0933_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Retleo.

  • Uniphone1_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Finally, a bit of good news....Though from a horrible situation. Rest in peace Big Brother, and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

  • 21_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Retleo

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    It was just a matter of time before the killer would be found. His big mouth helped out a lot; just couldn't wait to impress people. A damn shame Illinois doesn't have the death penalty !!!!!

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    BUMP TO THE EN-TH DEGREE RETLEO ! "The Liberals Revolving Door Justice System of REHABILITATION" ! God Speed Officer Bailey

  • Blue_candle_holiday_memory_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Retleo...My thoughts and prayers to family, both blood and blue....

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Bump Retleo

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