Couple’s death ‘suspicious;’ Oak Park police investigating

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OAK PARK, Ill. — Police are investigating after a husband and wife were found dead inside a home in Oak Park.

Police were called to a house in the 500 block of Fair Oaks for a welfare check around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Officials said the victims were married but have not released their identities.

Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates that the deaths occurred under suspicious circumstances, however none of the injuries appear to be self-inflicted,” Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds said.

Neighbors identified them as Thomas Johnson and Leslie Ann Jones.

Johnson has served as a hearing officer for Chicago’s police disciplinary panel since the 1990s. He oversaw many high profile cases, including officers accused of attempting to cover up the Laquan McDonald shooting.

The couple were Harvard Law graduates and partners in the downtown law firm Johnson, Jones, Snelling, Gilbert and Davis.

Johnson and his wife also helped in their Oak Park community.

Jonathan Konrath was a client and said Johnson served as his attorney but also helped him like a father. 

He did a lot of work for me pro bono, he was just that type of person,” he said. “A lot of lawyers go into law to practice law for money. What they don’t understand is you’re going into law because you want to get justice for people, helping the little guy, that’s why you went into law. I felt like that was Tom. That’s what Tom did.”

The scene is still an active investigation. The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force has been brought into the investigation.

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