An Evanston man was found not guilty today in the murder of another Evanstonian two years ago.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a judge in Skokie district court cleared John Anthony Bamberg Jr., 28, of first-degree murder charges in the death of 23-year-old Marcus Davis.

Davis, 23, of 1716 Payne St. was shot to death by a lone gunman who walked up to his car as he was backing it out of the parking lot at Smitty’s Garage in the 1422 Dodge Ave. about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2010.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed that there had been bad blood between the Bamberg and Davis families for years before the shooting, but defense attorney David Olshansky said someone else was the triggerman, and that the state did not have enough evidence to convict his client.

A girlfriend of Davis, who’d been in the car when he was shot, initially told police Bamberg was the shooter, but later failed to pick out his picture from a photo array.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What is the EPD record in gettting murder convictions?

    Off the top of my head we have the murderer of Davis still at large as well as the killers of Keith Bernard Tucker, Leslie Calvin, and Justin Murray.

    Why can't the EPD find the people terrorizing the town?

    It is time for Chief Eddington to resign.

    1. Better yet, let’s get all the

      Better yet, let's get all the judges to resign…everybody'd be better off. Except acquitted murderers that is!

    2. The EPD can’t find them

      The EPD can't find them because the people who know what happened will not come forward. Police officers and detectives are not psychic, nor are they mind readers.

      They can not look into their crystal ball to see "who done it". They have to get leads and information from the public and the same fools that are running Evanston into the ground are the ones with this "dont' snitch" attitude that keeps the killers and other criminals among the rest of us. Until it's one of their own that gets killed that is….. Then they are in the media crying, saying "SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING."

      I grew up in Evanston, class of 86 graduate from ETHS. Evanston is no longer the town I grew up in. I moved to another suburb years ago, and I'm so glad I did as i have a highschool age child now, who I am not afraid to let walk to the McDonalds by his school with the thought of him dodging bullets.

  2. Evanston never was ‘Evanston’

    Evanston was never what the city claimed,  Certainly not a peaceful integrated safe place to walk in. 

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