#44: Chicago man shot and killed 2 people at a party while on bond for attempted murder, prosecutors say

A Chicago man shot and killed two men during a party last week while on bond for attempted murder and on probation for a felony narcotics case, prosecutors said Wednesday. Absalom Coakley was also allegedly carrying a handgun when police arrested him this week in River North.

He is the 44th person accused of killing or shooting—or attempting to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 82 victims, 21 of whom died.

Absalom Coakley | CPD

Coakley was charged in 2016 with shooting a man during a robbery on the West Side, according to prosecutors and Chicago police records. Judge Joanne Rosado released him from custody in that case on a $15,000 bond, Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Nugarus said.

Coakley, 29, also remains on probation for a 2014 narcotics case. The probation was supposed to end after two years, but it was extended because he repeatedly violated its conditions, Nugarus said.

On the evening of September 24, Coakley joined about 50 people for a video shoot and house party in the 1300 block of South Harding in North Lawndale.

The night wore on, and at 3:45 a.m. the next day, a fight broke out among a group of men in the kitchen. During the fight, Coakley pulled out a gun and shot 29-year-old Terrance Johnson in the back of the head, killing him, Nugarus alleged.

Coakley walked out and had a short altercation with another man, Terrance Young, 30, on the sidewalk in front of the home, Nugarus continued. The argument ended when Coakley allegedly shot Young in the face, killing him.

Nugarus said the second shooting was captured on video. People who were at the party identified Coakley as the shooter.

A fugitive task force arrested Coakley in the 300 block of West Ohio as he entered a rideshare on Tuesday. Police said he was carrying a 40-caliber handgun, the same type of weapon used in the murders. Nugarus said ballistics tests are pending.

Coakley is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

His public defender said Coakley, the father of four, attends church twice a week and plays the piano there.

The lawyer argued against holding Coakley without bail, saying that what happened is unclear, raising the possibilities of mutual combat and an accident as the reasons for the shootings.

But Judge Susana Ortiz, citing the evidence presented, granted the state’s no-bail request. She also held him without bail for violating the terms of bail in the pending attempted murder case and without bail for violating the terms of his probation.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others while on bond for a pending felony case. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people on felony bail is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data. 

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#3: With felony gun case pending, man shot passerby during “exchange of gunfire,” prosecutors say (January 23, 2022)

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#6: Man killed nursing student months after going AWOL from felony DUI case, prosecutors say (February 20, 2022)

#7: Man shot and killed his own brother while on bail for a felony gun case, prosecutors say (February 22, 2022)

#8: Beloved Hyde Park bartender was killed by a robber who has 3 pending felony cases, prosecutors said (March 7, 2022)

#9: Man involved in New Year’s shoot-out that left one dead was on bail for his 3rd gun felony, prosecutors say (March 8, 2022)

#10: An 11-time convicted felon shot a 3-year-old and tried to kill the boy’s mother while on felony bail, prosecutors say (March 11, 2022)

#11: Man allegedly stabbed another to death 4 days after getting released on felony bail (March 29, 2022)

#12: He opened fire on his ex’s house, killing a man, prosecutors say. But he was supposed to be home 24/7 for a pending felony gun case. (March 29, 2022)

#13: Man shot a woman, fired toward 4 others, while on bond for being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors say (April 7, 2022)

#14: Man killed his parents in an Uptown senior center while on bond for federal armed robbery and gun charges, prosecutors say (April 14. 2022)

#15: Four-time felon opened fire on a carload of victims, injuring 2 while on bond for felony gun case, prosecutors say (April 20, 2022)

#16: Man shot his ex this month and her boyfriend last month, prosecutors say. He was on felony bail. (April 24, 2022)

#17: Man tried to kill 2 cable TV installers over a missing dog, prosecutors say. He was on bail at the time. (April 30, 2022)

#18: Man escaped from electronic monitoring and ran over a cop in a stolen car while fleeing a murder scene, prosecutors say (May 19, 2022)

#19: A two-time felon circled a West Side neighborhood for 15 minutes looking for someone to kill in a revenge murder, prosecutors say. He was on bond for a gun case at the time. (May 21, 2022)

#20: Alleged mass shooter had a felony gun case pending when he killed 2, wounded 7 near Magnificent Mile, records show (May 22, 2022)

#21: Five months after escaping from electronic monitoring, he helped shoot up a carload of people, injuring 2, prosecutors say (May 29, 2022)

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#41: Felon engaged in ‘gunfight at the OK Corral’ while on electronic monitoring, officials say (September 22, 2022)

#42: Man nearly killed beloved chef during a violent carjacking and robbery in Chinatown—while on felony bail, prosecutors say (September 24, 2022)

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