On May 29, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office approved first degree murder charges against a 43-year old Chicago man in connection with the 1992 murder of Deeondra Dawson.

On April 23, 1992 Evanston Police responded to a call that a woman was found deceased in an apartment located at 634 Sherman Avenue in Evanston. Upon arrival officers located the victim, Deeondra Dawson, age 25, deceased inside the apartment. Police also found the victim’s four-year old son in the apartment. He was not harmed.

Deeondra was a victim of a homicide that had gone unsolved since 1992, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. Three years ago, detectives were assigned the investigation, and they   re-submitted evidence that was recovered at the murder scene for further DNA analysis. Results of initial lab work identified a possible suspect in the case who was on parole on a narcotics related offense, said the Commander. With the assistance of The Illinois Department of Corrections, the suspect was located and interviewed by Evanston detectives. During an interview, the suspect said he knew of the victim, said the Commander. Detectives were able to obtain a buccal swab to compare DNA evidence recovered at the scene. 

The Illinois State Crime Lab examined the evidence recovered and positively linked the suspect to the victim, said the Commander.  On May 28, 2013, Evanston interviewed the suspect again about his involvement in the homicide of Deeondra Dawson. The suspect made statements that were inconsistent with the evidence that was recovered from the scene, said the Commander.   

On May 29, 2013, the Cook County State’s Attorney approved one Count of First Degree Murder against the suspect, said Commander Parrott. A bond hearing was held on May 30 at the Skokie Courthouse and bond was set at $750,000. The man is under police guard at a local hospital due to a personal medical condition at this time and will be remanded over to the Cook County Sheriff’s Correctional Department, said the Commander. The preliminary court hearing on this case is set for June 20, 2013. 

The Evanston Police Department thanks the following agencies and personnel that have worked on this case: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Assistant Cook County State’s Attorneys involved in the investigation; Cook County State’s Attorney’s Investigators; The Illinois Department of Corrections – Parole Intelligence Unit; and Illinois State Police Crime Laboratory – Chicago & Joliet.

The public is reminded that neither a complaint nor an indictment is evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.