White Woman was Strangled to Death by Former Black Employee

Chicago CBS Local
June 8, 2015

Mary Hutchison was strangled to death with her own bow tie so the savage could the rob the Burger King she worked at.

A Lake County jury has convicted James Ealy of strangling his former boss during a 2006 robbery at the north suburban Burger King restaurant where he once worked, the Sun-Times is reporting.

Jurors deliberated for a little more than three hours Friday before finding Ealy guilty on one count of first-degree murder in the death of 45-year-old Mary Hutchison.

Ealy faces a minimum prison sentence of 20 years and up to life behind bars.

It’s the second time the 48-year-old has been convicted of murder, though jurors who decided this case weren’t told about his earlier convictions for a 1982 Chicago quadruple-killing.

James Ealy had already killed four other people, yet was still able to go out and kill again.

In that earlier case, Ealy was found guilty of strangling four people in the Rockwell Gardens housing complex, including his teenage girlfriend, her 3-year-old son and her pregnant mother.

Those convictions were overturned on appeal in 1986 in a ruling that barred so much evidence from the case that prosecutors were unable to retry him for the slayings.

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