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Judge shot and killed in front of South Side home; Police seek suspect

Police are searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting a Cook County judge.

Associate judge 66-year-old Raymond Myles was killed outside his South Side home early this morning.

He and a 52-year-old female friend were shot near his garage as they were leaving for the gym.

She was shot in the leg but is expected to recover. She has been talking to police and helping with the investigation.

Police say it may have been an attempted robbery.

Witnesses say the shooter ran off, possibly to a car.

Myles worked at the Leighton Criminal Courts building on 26th and California.  He had been a judge since 1999 and was involved in several high profile cases, including the first hearing for the two men arrested for the infamous Brown’s Chicken murders and ordering William Balfour, the man who killed three members of Jennifer Hudson family, held without bond.

He had also been attacked in 2015 after a traffic accident that required reconstructive surgery.  That suspect, according to the Chicago Tribune, is still awaiting trial.

Police says they are aware of the case, but it’s not clear if it’s connected.

Police say they are pursuing multiple, promising leads in the case, including surveillance video from the area.  They are also asking anyone with information to call detectives at Area South at 312-747-8272.  The FBI is offering a $25,000 dollar reward for information that leads to the suspect.