Chicago — On the northwest corner of Chicago and Ridgeway avenues in Humboldt Park sits a vacant lot. A Chicago Police Department surveillance camera hangs from a light pole next to a small hand-painted billboard that declares the corner a “safety zone” with no gambling, drugs, or guns allowed.
In that vacant lot around 5:40 p.m. on November 9, Jacquail Jones used a brick or rock to beat 52-year-old Michael Foley to death because Foley gave him fake money in a drug deal, prosecutors said Friday.
Jones, who was on bail for allegedly possessing a stolen motor vehicle, is the 51st person accused of killing or shooting—or trying to kill or shoot—someone in Chicago while awaiting trial for a felony this year. The alleged crimes involved at least 89 victims, 23 of whom died.
Foley died the next day from blunt force trauma to the head. His injuries were so severe that Chicago police mistakenly thought he had been shot rather than beaten. In fact, in a press release announcing Jones’ arrest this week, CPD still said Jones shot Foley.
But prosecutors on Friday said that’s not the case. more