Man charged in murder of rapper’s bodyguard held without bond

Written By BY MICHAEL LANSU Homicide Watch Chicago Posted: 07/08/2014, 06:14am

A 25-year-old man was ordered held without bond Friday after he was charged with shooting a bodyguard for Chicago rapper Twista and cutting his throat during a robbery at a South Chicago apartment, which was later set on fire.

Matthew X. Jackson was charged with murder and armed robbery in the Feb. 20 death of Davy Easterling.

Easterling, 31, had been drinking in the apartment with a woman who lived there and Jackson’s girlfriend, Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said. The two women got into an argument, and Jackson’s girlfriend left.

When Jackson’s girlfriend returned home she told him about the fight and how she saw Easterling with foreign currency, Novy said. The couple then went back to the woman’s apartment, where Jackson allegedly held Easterling at gunpoint and demanded the money.

Jackson allegedly shot Easterling in the mouth and chest, then went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife that he used to allegedly cut Easterling’s throat, Novy said. Jackson then is accused of taking Easterling’s belongings and leaving with the two women.

Authorities said Jackson stole Easterling’s car, which was later found on fire a few blocks from Jackson’s apartment.

Before friends knew what had happened to Easterling, Twista took to social media to try to find the man he called “a close friend” and bodyguard.

“We are all worried and pray for his safe return,” Twista posted at the time.

Easterling’s body was found about 6 a.m. the next day when firefighters responded to a blaze in the first-floor apartment in the 8300 block of South Baker Avenue, authorities said. It’s unclear who started fire.

It began in the rear bedroom, and firefighters contained the blaze to the unit, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.

Easterling, of the 8100 block of South Vernon Avenue, was found dead in the bedroom, authorities said. An autopsy determined he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jackson, of the 8000 block of South Champlain Avenue, is also awaiting trial in Bridgeview for residential burglary and attempted aggravated robbery, according to court documents.

Jackson’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Andrea Webber, said he graduated from De La Salle High School and attended some college in downstate Carbondale and later at Kennedy King College.

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