CHICAGO - A 52-year-old Chicago man has been charged with his son's 2002 murder in a South Side home after the victim's mother won a civil lawsuit against him earlier this year.
A judge Saturday set bond at $600,000 for Leroy Alexander, who is accused of stabbing his 24-year-old son, Jesse Miller, in the face and leaving him to die.
Alexander apparently became angry after suspecting his son was stealing money from his seriously ill grandmother and using the computer too much, prosecutors said.
The former air-traffic controller, who was charged Friday, faces life in prison if convicted.
After prosecutors decided in 2002 not to charge Alexander, Miller's mother, Mary Miller, filed a civil suit in 2004. In the spring, a Cook County judge found Alexander liable for the murder and awarded Mary Miller, who now lives in Chicopee, Mass., a $7 million judgment.
There were no witnesses to the killing at Alexander's home and no murder weapon was found.
But in the process of winning the civil case, Miller obtained testimony prosecutors believe strengthens the case against Alexander, including testimony from a medical examiner that only the father was in a position to inflict a deadly stab wound.
But Alexander's lawyer said there was still no evidence pointing to his client.
"Nothing has changed since he was (first) arrested in 2002,'' Lewis Myers said in court on Saturday. "They don't know anything more now than they did then.''