The trial began today for James Ealy, 48, who is accused of killing a Burger King employee more than six years ago.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys delivered their opening statements this morning in the latest Illinois murder trial to be televised.
Ealy killed the manager of the Burger King where he used to work for two of the most basic reasons – because he could and because he wanted to, a Lake County prosecutor said today during opening statements at the Lake Villa man’s trial.
But his defense attorney countered that Ealy is innocent and that there is no evidence linking him to the crime.
The murder took place on November 27, 2006 during the robbery of a Burger King restaurant in Lindenbhurst. Ealy is accused of beating and strangling restaurant manager Mary Hutchison, 45.
More than two decades earlier, Ealy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1982 murders of four people in the Rockwell Gardens housing project in Chicago.
The conviction was overturned in 1986 when the appellate court determined that police violated Ealy’s rights.
-Chicago Tribune Contributed To This Report