Man told police wife shot him before he died: Prosecutors

Jacqueline Creekmore was arrested hours after Kevin Neely was shot to death Monday in Englewood.

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Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli said her staff only learned in January that the “secret hearings” were taking place, and was shocked when a reporter told her the practice dated back 10 years.

A 44-year-old woman has been charged with a fatal shooting June 14, 2021, in Englewood.

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Jacqueline Creekmore fired a gun at her husband after finding him in a car with another woman a few weeks ago, Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday.

No one was injured in that incident.

But when Creekmore fired at Kevin Neely again on Monday morning, she didn’t miss, Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin DeBoni said.

Before he took his last breath, Neely, 43, made a “dying declaration,” telling responding Chicago police officers his wife shot him in Englewood, DeBoni said.

Neely, who was shot in his chest and thigh, died after he was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center.

Creekmore, 44, was charged with Neely’s murder after she was taken into custody at her home later that day, DeBoni said.

The couple had a history of domestic disputes over Neely’s alleged infidelity.

But it was not immediately clear what led to the deadly shooting, DeBoni said.

Earlier on Sunday night, Neely was hanging out in a front porch drinking and smoking marijuana with Creekmore and others. At some point, he gave the gun Creekmore eventually used to shoot him to another person at the gathering, asking her “to hang on to it,” DeBoni said.

That person “wasn’t comfortable” holding the gun and gave it to Creekmore, DeBoni said.

By 2:30 a.m. Monday, Neely and Creekmore were left alone on the porch, DeBoni said.

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Jacqueline Creekmore

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A surveillance camera later recorded Neely’s car from a distance as it stopped at 73rd Street and Wentworth Avenue about two hours later. The footage showed the passenger door open slightly before the car “sped in a complete circle in the intersection” and crashed into a light pole, DeBoni said.

Neely and Creekmore were seen getting out of the car and arguing before Neely got into the driver’s seat, DeBoni said.

A witness heard Neely ask Creekmore if “she was going to grab the gun” and saw her with the gun before the shooting, DeBoni said. Another witness allegedly heard the shots and then heard Neely say he had been shot.

When Creekmore fired the gun three times before firing a fourth shot about a minute later, the shots were picked up by a ShotSpotter gunshot-detection system, DeBoni said.

Creekmore walked away and Neely tried to drive off before he crashed into a fence at Periwinkle Park in the 6500 block of South Perry Avenue, DeBoni said. Neely then collapsed after walking to a nearby porch.

An officer’s body-worn camera recorded Neely giving the officer Creekmore’s first name and saying she had shot him.

Creekmore was the victim of abuse by Neely — “a violent individual” who had served time in prison, an assistant public defender told Judge Mary Marubio Wednesday.

Creekmore, a home healthcare aide, has no previous criminal background, the defense attorney added.

Marubio ordered Creekmore held without bail.

Creekmore is expected back in court July 7.

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