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Lake Villa Police Charge Two with First Degree Murder


Following a thorough investigation by Lake Villa Police Detectives and Lake County Major Crime Task Force Investigators, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges for the two individuals previously taken into police custody.

Jordan L. Toney, 19, of the 39000 block of North Poplar Street, Lake Villa Township, was charged with three counts of First Degree Murder. Buddy W. Johnson, 20, of the 21600 block of West Birch Street, Lake Villa Township, was also charged with three counts of First Degree Murder

The investigation revealed the victim, a Lake Villa man in his 50’s, was walking home after making a purchase at a local business. As the man was walking, Johnson and Toney robbed the victim. Neither Johnson nor Toney previously knew the victim prior to the robbery. During the robbery, Johnson and Toney severely beat the man. The victim fell to the ground and subsequently succumbed to his injuries. Johnson and Toney then fled from the scene.

On or about July 24, 2018, at 9:00 AM, an autopsy was performed on the victim. The preliminary autopsy results indicate he died of multiple traumatic injuries. Toxicology is pending. We are in the process of making next of kin notification, so we will not release the victim’s name at this time,” stated Dr. Howard Cooper, Lake County Coroner.

Lake Villa Chief of Police Craig Somerville said, “First and foremost I want to extend my deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the victim in this case. His name is withheld pending out of state family notifications. This man did nothing wrong. He was an innocent victim, minding his own business when he encountered evil in that alley. This incident is not reflective of the community of Lake Villa, a family orientated town populated by great people. This was a tragic, senseless act of random violence that, unfortunately can occur anywhere. Our residents can rest assured that justice will prevail in this case, from beginning to end thanks to the professional response of our law enforcement community and the Lake County States Attorney’s Office.”

All named subjects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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