A Chicago man on electronic monitoring for a pending first-degree murder case and a separate felony gun charge was allegedly found unconscious in his car at 2 a.m. Wednesday with a gun sticking out of his pocket.
Judge William Fahy ordered Xavier Tucker, 35, held without bail during a bail hearing on Thursday afternoon.
Tucker is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Raymond Jackson Jr. in south suburban Glenwood on February 1, 2022.
“The defendant shot and killed the victim,” Sarah Dale-Schmidt told Fahy during Thursday’s court session. Tucker posted a $200,000 bail payment last summer and went home on electronic monitoring.
Two weeks after the alleged murder, but before prosecutors charged him with the crime, Tucker was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon on February 15, 2022. The next day, he posted a $55,000 bail deposit to get out of jail on electronic monitoring in that case, Dale-Schmidt said.
Early Wednesday, police responded to 911 calls about a noise disturbance in the 9300 block of South Calumet, the same block where Tucker lives. They found him unresponsive in the driver’s seat with the engine running and music blasting, said Dale-Schmidt.
After trying to wake Tucker by tapping on the windows and flashing their lights, officers opened the car door and immediately saw the butt of a loaded handgun sticking out of his right pocket, Dale-Schmidt said. Tucker woke up, and the officers secured the weapon.
Tucker has four previous felony convictions, including a 2016 aggravated discharge of a firearm case in which he was accused of firing shots from a vehicle behind an occupied Chicago police patrol car, Dale-Schmidt said. He was also convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2011. CBS2 reported at the time that Tucker pointed a handgun at Chicago police officers who responded to calls about people firing weapons in Woodlawn.
On Thursday, Robert Ingles, Tucker’s private defense attorney, told Fahy that Tucker “vehemently denies all charges and maintains his innocence.” Tucker, a single father of seven, has strong ties to the community, attends church, and is actively involved in community outreach, Ingles explained.
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