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Police still investigating three 2010 homicides

Evanston police say they still have open investigations on three of the seven homicides reported in the city in 2010.

Those open cases include the first murder of the year — the Jan. 14 shooting death of a Skokie man found dead in his car in the 900 block of Fowler Avenue.

Police say Knoxley Morrison, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the second homicide of the year, recorded in March, is believed to have been a suicide, and would not have counted as a homicide until the FBI changed its crime reporting rules this year.

The year’s third homicide occurred on May 20. Five men began arguing in front of a home at 1039 Darrow Ave. about 11:30 p.m. Someone pulled a gun and Craig Romon Smith Jr. of 1131 Dewey Ave. died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Guenther says no charges have been filed in that case, and police now believe that the shooter may have acted in self defense.

Evanston’s fourth homicide happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Leslie G. Calvin, 19, of 135 Callan Ave., was driving northbound in the 300 block of Ridge Avenue when someone fired shots into the car, hitting Calvin multiple times.

Police say Calvin, who had an extensive police record, had been in an ongoing battle over turf after he started selling drugs in the Juneway Terrace area in Chicago’s East Rogers Park neighborhood.

Police Chief Richard Eddington said investigators believe they know who was responsible for the crime, but because of limited cooperation from people with knowledge about the incident, they’ve so far been unable to gather enough evidence to file charges.

Police have filed charges in the city’s fifth homicide of the year — in which Marcus 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 at 1422 Dodge Ave. about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30.

John Anthony Bamberg Jr., 26, of 1930 Brown Ave., is facing murder charges in that incident. Chief Eddington says the shooting appears to have been the outgrowth of a long-standing dispute among families that may date back at least to a fatal shooting incident at a local bar, The Keg, five years ago.

The sixth and seventh homicides of the year both occurred this month.

About 1 a.m. on Dec. 8, Keith Bernard Tucker, 40, of Evanston was shot in the head by a man he was talking with at the corner of Church Street and Grey Avenue. That investigation is still open.

And on Dec. 21, two friends who’d been drinking got into a fight in a home at 2120 Seward St. that left David L. Branch, 26, of the 400 block of Custer Avenue bleeding to death from four stab wounds to his right leg.

His friend, Michael E. Anderson, 26, is being held on $2 million bond on first degree murder charges.

With the exception of the increase in homicides — from an average just under two per year for the past decade — Evanston has recorded another decline in crime this year with the count of major crimes down 13 percent through the first 11 months of the year.

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